Filed under: food politics, Meat, Restaurants, weight loss | Tags: Center for Science in the Public Interest, childhood obesity, Happy Meal, McDonald's
The Center for Science in the Public Interest is going after McDonald’s and demanding that they stop including toys in their Happy Meals, saying that these trinkets lure children into eating unhealthy food.
As with the ice cream truck wars, I have mixed feelings about this. Parents can simply say no to their kids and refuse to go to McDonald’s. But the problem is, too many parents don’t say no, because they don’t really see what the big deal is about eating there. It makes their kids happy, so why not?
The problem is that USDA scientists have found that people eat 500 more calories on days they consume fast foods compared with days they don’t. Eating just one fast-food meal per week WILL lead to weight gain over the course of the year.
So maybe we do need a crackdown here. There are regulations now about advertising junk foods to children on TV, after all. Isn’t including a Buzz Lightyear toy in a box with a fatty hamburger, fries, and a soda a way of advertising junk food to kids?
Filed under: Chronic Disease, Food/Health Blogs, Meat, Restaurants, weight loss | Tags: chain restaurants, Friendly's, Grilled Cheese BurgerMelt, obesity
There’s something very odd and disturbing about the fact that the more we hear about how the U.S. is in the midst of a terrible obesity crisis, the further the fast food and chain restaurants go in their attempts to offer insanely high-calorie food. Behold, Friendly’s Grilled Cheese BurgerMelt, a hamburger which is encased between two grilled-cheese sandwiches instead of buns:
870 Fat Calories
79g Total Fat
38g Saturated Fat
9g Dietary Fiber
Why, Friendly’s, why?
Horrifying, yet not completely surprising: a new study has found a link between high consumption of meat and junk food and the onset of early puberty in girls.
According to AOL Health:
“[The] study that analyzed 1,000 girls found that breast development began at an average age of 9 years and 10 months, which was a year earlier than what the results of a 1991 study showed. Researchers added that this also makes them more susceptible to long-term breast cancer risk.
Other scientists from Brighton University found that 7-year-old girls who ate meat 12 times a week were 14 percent more likely to reach puberty by the age of 12 than those who ate meat four or less times a week.”
Filed under: Healthy Lifestyle, weight loss | Tags: free consultation, nutrition, nutrition counseling
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Filed under: Healthy Lifestyle, Restaurants, Sweets, weight loss | Tags: McDonald's, obesity, snacks, Starbucks, weight loss
There didn’t used to be a McDonald’s in the children’s department of Macy’s Herald Square. Or a Starbucks at Barnes and Noble. Or a café at the library. Or drive-thrus open 24 hours a day. Or burritos and donuts at gas stations.
Over the past generation, we have seen a new phenomenon develop: the constant availability of food. Every minute of every day has become an opportunity to eat. My favorite example: Last year I accompanied my daughter’s class to Ellis Island, and watched as a family bought several bags of M&Ms from the ferry concession stand at 10 in the morning in order to tide them over during the 20-minute ride. Would this family have otherwise thought that they all needed candy that morning if it hadn’t been for sale right in front of them?
If you go to Macy’s to buy your child a bathing suit at 4 p.m., suddenly he wants a cheeseburger because he sees the McDonald’s right there. Is he even hungry? Would he otherwise have asked you for any food at all if he hadn’t smelled it and seen those familiar golden arches?
When I was in Paris a couple of years ago, I noticed that many restaurants simply didn’t serve food if it wasn’t what was considered mealtime. But in the U.S., it’s always mealtime, or at least snacktime. We’re encouraged to eat wherever we are, and, surprise surprise, it’s not vegetables or fresh fruit that’s pushed on us, but the junkiest junk foods. And no matter who you are and how healthy you try to be, it can be pretty tough to avoid that temptation all the time.
It’s unlikely that this is going to change–food companies want to make money, so they’re constantly looking for ways to get you to eat more. Putting food in your face everywhere you turn is a really effective way to do that.
To avoid getting sucked into the habit of grazing all day long when you’re out and about, before you pull into the drive-thru or wander into the mall food court because you smelled cinnamon rolls, stop and think–am I actually hungry right now? Or am I about to buy this food simply because it’s there? Would I have felt the need the get a snack right now if I hadn’t seen this concession stand?
This may sound simple, and you may wonder if it would actually make any difference, but awareness is the first step in making changes in your life, and can be very effective. Try it and see what happens.
Filed under: Healthy Lifestyle, weight loss | Tags: Brooklyn Based, discount, holistic nutrition counseling
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Filed under: Exercise, Food/Health Blogs, Healthy Lifestyle, Sweets, weight loss | Tags: childhood obesity, snacks, youth sports
Love this piece from the National Action Against Obesity blog about how sideline snacks have seemingly taken on greater importance than the actual soccer game or other sport kids are playing on a given day.
I have experienced this myself, and felt it was crazy that parents assumed my daughter’s AYSO soccer team couldn’t go for one hour without stuffing food into their mouths. And I did wonder if it was the donuts, not the game, that got some kids excited to come to the field each weekend.