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The obesity problem

The obesity problem

Obesity rates have ballooned in the US in recent years – 15% of the population was obese in 1980, compared to more than a third of US adults today, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These swelling figures – along with the rising cost of healthcare for obesity-related diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease – have put pressure on government and industry to find a solution.

China's youth obesity prevalence grows from 0.03% to 17.2% in 30 years

China is paying the price of adopting a western lifestyle with soaring childhood obesity, according to a 29-year study of nearly 28,000 children and adolescents. 

Forget weight, body shape is key indicator for heart attack risk, study finds

Excess abdominal fat is more of a risk factor for heart attacks than weight, especially for women, a Norwegian study has determined. 

Vegan meal replacement makers want to reach underserved populations by using hip hop tie-in

VeganSmart, a plant-based line of meal replacements, is penetrating areas plagued with malnutrition via a unique marketing vehicle—the power of hip hop.

Limit certifications on packs to most important to maximize impact

Product packaging today often is cluttered with so many certifications that consumers’ can’t absorb everything in the brief time they look at labels in stores, and as a result the...

Excess sugar consumption ‘similar to cocaine addiction', says study

An over consumption of sugar sets in motion a reward mechanism in the brain that mimics other drugs such as tobacco and cocaine, a study has suggested.

Many toddlers eat as much sodium, added sugar as recommended limit for adults, research shows

Parents’ lack of knowledge about how much and what to feed children as they transition from baby food to more solid foods means most toddlers in America eat too much...

High-protein diet better for weight loss and improving mobility, says study

A high-protein diet can help obese older adults lose weight and improve physical function compared with a regular weight loss regimen, according to a new study.

Labeling what it takes to burn calories could help curb overeating, public health advocate says

Adding “activity equivalent” labels to packaged food could help fight the obesity epidemic more effectively than listing calories alone, argues a top public health advocate. 

Salt stimulates passive eating of fatty foods: Study

Salt provokes fatty food eating, and can even trigger increased food intake among people who have a preference for less fatty foods, Australian researchers have found.

Weight of the world: 20% of adults obese by 2025, study predicts

Around 20% of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025, if policies designed to slow down and stop the worldwide increase in Body Mass Index (BMI) are not revised and...

Portion sizes on the front of pack don't correlate with Nutrition labels on the back, says study

Pictures on food packaging inspire us to overeat, reveals new research

A picture speaks a thousand words, so it stands to reason that we’re more likely to rely on the image on the front of a food label than the hard...

Sugar “unacceptably high” in children’s juices & smoothies and should be reduced, researchers argue

Parents embracing fruit juices, juice drinks and smoothies for their children because they perceive them as a healthier alternative to sugary sodas is misguided, based on new research that found...

Ad block: Smaller confectioners to stop advertising to kids under new scheme

Six US confectionery businesses have pledged not to advertise directly to children below the age of 12 under a new industry initiative.

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New mini Zing Bars fill underserved demand for smaller snacks for smaller people, CEO says

Individually wrapped snacks and bars have revolutionized how busy Americans eat by offering on-the-go convenience, but their current, standard size range also could offer too many calories, suggests the CEO...

True Foods Inc.'s explosive success shows healthy foods can lead to healthy profits

True Foods Inc. wants to make everyday foods “healthier, more delicious and better for our world” by packing them with more vegetables and less added sugar – an ambitious mission...

Sodexo will blend mushrooms into burgers at schools to boost produce consumption

The Mushroom Council and Sodexo hope to encourage children to eat more produce by introducing “Blend Burgers” and expanding the Eat Brighter marketing campaign into school cafeterias.

Many Americans continue to drink sugary beverages daily, CDC research concludes

Fewer Americans are reaching for sugar sweetened beverages, but consumption remains high – prompting a call for more aggressive measures to further reduce ingestion, according to new research released by...

Sleep loss activates ‘pleasure’ part of brain to seek out snacks, says study

A lack of sleep may cause an individual to seek out pleasurable foods that are high in fat and sugar contributing to the increased risk of obesity, a study has...

LaLoo’s Goat Milk Ice Cream wants consumers to “move their hooves” & be more social

LaLoo’s Goat Milk Ice Cream may be healthier for people and planet than more traditional cow milk varieties, but it is still an indulgence, which is why the brand’s new...

“The future of snacking is portion control,” says Think Jerky founder

Think Jerky is bringing the 100-calorie pack to the hugely popular jerky category as a way to make the snack even more portable and to help consumers better reflect on...

Dieting is out – find out what is “in” at our Weight Management forum March 16

Normally about this time of year the airwaves and social media begin to buzz with messages about getting ready for bikini season or offers to help consumers shed the last...

Our Paleo ancestors were more active than us, but did they really have an optimal diet?

Supporters of the 'Paleo' diet (a hunter/gatherer-style approach to eating) urge us to eschew grains, dairy and legumes - among other things. But any diet that eliminates major food groups...

Dieting is out, health & wellness is in: Weight management and the changing American consumer

Two out of three Americans are overweight or obese, but sales of 'diet' foods have dropped in recent years, even if the pounds haven’t. So is 'dieting' now a dirty...

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Teff shines in new skinnypasta products as high-protein, low-carb alternative to traditional noodles

Between the rise of low- and no-carb diets in the early 2000s and the more recent explosive growth of the gluten-free movement, pasta-lovers and sales have suffered in the last...

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Apples, pears & berries rich in flavonoids could help weight management, study finds

If predictions are true that the future of weight management is less about what to cut out and more about eating healthy foods, then manufacturers and consumers should consider adding...

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