- As researchers and educators in the areas of nutrition and health, we naturally assume most people are aware that obesity is more than just a body image issue; AND we would be right! The message about the multitude of chronic diseases associated with obesity is being heard loud and clear according to a poll by ABC news.
- Technology and the next generation of public health messages. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that teens receive an average of 114 text messages per day (!), which could be an important mode for delivering healthy and lifestyle information.
- Looking for a belated New Year’s resolution? Cutting down on screen time would be an excellent choice. The World Cancer Research Fund suggests people spend an average of 13.5 years of their life watching TV and encourage people to reduce time spent in sedentary activities to reduce their risk for chronic diseases.
- READ THE FOOD LABELS. More research to suggest that people need to read the whole nutrition facts panel to judge how healthy a food is. Don’t get fooled by “whole grain” being splashed all over the front of the package. Turns out foods called whole grain are not always the healthy choice.
- Mother’s polyunsaturated fat intakes during pregnancy may affect the body weight of their offspring. Researchers found that high intakes of omega-6 fatty acids during pregnancy resulted in greater fat mass in their children. Conversely, there was some suggestion that children born to mothers with a high dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids had less fat and more muscle.
- Will hospitals and other health care facilities take action to limit unhealthy foods? Looks like at least a few are kicking out the burger and fry joints. We’ll see how far this goes…
- Think that pear-shape protects you against chronic disease? Think again. A new study questions the notion that having a pear-shape (fat concentrated around hips, buttocks and thighs) doesn’t carry the same health risks as an apple-shape (central obesity). Turns out fat deposited in the buttocks area also secretes abnormal levels of inflammation- and insulin resistance-promoting compounds.