- Parents’ misperceptions about the intelligence, beauty, skills, physical fitness etc. of their offspring is often joked about but when it comes to weight it is no laughing matter. Parents’ are not correctly identifying when their child has obesity and obesity related issues and consequently are not taking action to treat it. The article Parents’ Denial Fuels Childhood Obesity Epidemic from the New York Times sums up the problem nicely.
- Christine Sinclair selling Coke and video games. We felt this post by Yoni Freedhoff expressed our thoughts when we saw the advertisement initially. It also reminded me of a conversation I had recently with a friend who just came short of making it to the olympics. She commented that with some better nutrition advice (as opposed to eating chocolate covered gummy bears before a workout) she could easily have lost some weight, performed better and perhaps qualified….
- US set to ban trans fats! The FDA recently released a statement saying they no longer consider trans fats as “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS and have given manufactures three years to remove them from their products. Let’s hope this leads to healthier foods and not crazy new chemical constituents to take its place. As for Canada, we are still way behind in the realm of politely recommending people avoid them (note the site hasn’t been updated since 2009 and we aren’t even monitoring them anymore).
- As long as we are on the trans fat bandwagon, turns out they have now been linked to memory problems. The study design can’t determine cause and effect but seeing as there appears to be no health advantages to consuming trans fats, we are going to suggest people just go ahead and avoid them for a myriad of reasons.
- Guys if you want to lose weight get out the scale and the Excel spreadsheet and start tracking your body weight everyday. Why this didn’t work as well for females is apparently still a mystery?
- Oh No! Back to the chocolate and health! Should we believe the study this time or is it another trick? Seems kind of legit that chocolate may have some health benefits but it is definitely not a panacea and we still recommend veggies and exercise with a small treat now and then. Feel free to check out the latest study on chocolate and heart health (if you click on the link to the official study it’s open access so you can read through it carefully).