Marion Nestle provided a brief list of organizations working on school food and farm bill policy issues for the San Francisco Chronicle, but also provided a full list at her website: Food Politics.
Articles & Reports
F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011 Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states over the last year and did not decrease in any. For the first time, this report tracks adult obesity rates by state. The report also includes recommendations for how policymakers and businesses can help to reverse the obesity epidemic by making it easier for children and families to be active and eat healthier foods.
Researchers Link Deaths to Social Ills The New York Times, July 5, 2011
Poverty is often cited as contributing to poor health. Now, in an unusual approach, researchers have calculated how many people poverty kills and presented their findings, along with an argument that social factors can cause death the same way that behavior like smoking cigarettes does.
Vital Signs: Colorectal Cancer Screening, Incidence, and Mortality – United States, 2002-2010 CDC MMWR, July 8, 2011 Colorectal cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer mortality in the United States among cancers that affect both men and women.
Two more recent articles from the Seattle Times series on childhood obesity:
- Kids Find their Fit in Sports, not Competition,” focuses on increasing sports programs that are more inclusive and promote fitness and physical activity rather than competition
- “How to Help your Kids Lose Weight Healthfully,” provides information on helping kids lose weight healthfully, highlighting tips from experts for helping kids maintain a healthy weight
Energy Density, Portion Size, and Eating Occasions: Contributions to Increased Energy Intake in the United States, 1977-2006, PLOS Medicine, June 2011 This interesting new study looks at the changes in energy density, portion size, and number of eating occasions and their respective effects on obesity. Among adults in the US, the largest contributor to change in annualized total daily energy intake was change in the number of eating occasions.
Eating at restaurants boosts risk of obesity, Los Angeles Times, July 4, 2011 Experts warn that eating out leads people to eat more, and less well.
Vegetables over hamburgers? Reuters Life, July 4, 2011 Menu labels on college cafeteria food that highlight the nutritional good and the bad of various meal options make no difference in students’ choices, according to a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.