- Beyond Body Mass Index (BMI). The current standard used by many to diagnose overweight or obesity is BMI. BMI cut-points are, to a certain degree, associated with the increased risk of disease BUT it is not a perfect system. BMI looks at a ratio of your weight to your height but does not measure actual fat or where the fat is distributed. The “beer belly” fat in the abdominal area is the type that is more closely linked to disease. With this in mind, researchers report that waist circumference may be a better predictor of health or disease than BMI.
- Myth busters – Researchers test the five second rule. You know the one where if you drop food on the floor but retrieve it in less than 5 seconds it is still good to eat? They conclude that time is definitely a factor in the ability of bacteria to transfer to the food and thus you.
- The environment we live and work in can work promote obesity. People who live and work near a high concentration of fast food restaurants were almost twice as likely to be obese as compared to those who had the lowest exposure. Alarmingly, in the area of the UK where this study was conducted, the average person was exposed to 32 food takeaway options a day – 9 near their home, 14 at work, and 9 on their commute. The study highlights the need for policy changes. Although we acknowledge that the individual has to take responsibility for their actions, there is a role for governmental interventions to support healthy diets and lifestyles. If you are interested in the full report you can access it from BMJ.
- If your oatmeal is feeling a little blah lately you can check out these recipes to liven up your breakfast with some ancient grains.
- Interested in other nutrition blogs? Check out Eat Right (the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) list of bloggers for Nutrition Month 2014.
- Listeria found in cheese sold in Alberta and BC. Not the first case as earlier this year E coli was found in BC cheese.