Obesity

10:28am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Salt

Whole Milk Or Skim? Study Links Fattier Milk To Slimmer Kids

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 9:23 am

Parents are currently advised to switch toddlers to reduced-fat milk at age 2.
David M. Goehring/Via Flickr

The job of parenting toddlers ain't easy. Consider the 2-year-old to-do list: Get tantrums under control. Potty train. Transition from whole milk to low-fat milk.

Speaking from experience, only one of these things was easy.

As my daughter turned 2 in January, we made the simple switch to reduced-fat milk. Done. Don't need to overthink this one, right?

After all, I'm following the evidence-based advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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1:58am

Tue March 12, 2013
The Salt

Mississippi Passes 'Anti-Bloomberg' Bill

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 3:11 pm

Mayor Mike and his public health edicts are having a rough ride.

On Monday, a state judge in Manhattan struck down New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's rule capping soda sizes. And lawmakers in Mississippi are taking the backlash against government regulation on food marketing one step further.

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3:29pm

Mon March 11, 2013
The Salt

Sleep Less, Eat More, Gain Weight

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 3:11 pm

Less sleep equals less self-control when it comes to eating, a new study finds.
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Tired? Surely those cookies will help. And a burger. Chips. And a cupcake. Yeah, soda, too.

People do eat more when they're short of sleep. And that impulse to snarf when sleepy can cause quick weight gain, according to a new study.

Since Americans are chronically sleep deprived, it's no wonder that our waistlines have been expanding. One-third of American workers say they're sleeping six or fewer hours a night, compared with the seven to nine hours recommended.

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2:51pm

Mon March 11, 2013
The Salt

Judge Overturns New York City Ban On Big Sugary Sodas

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 6:06 pm

A customer fills a 21-ounce cup with soda at a New York City McDonald's.
Mario Tama Getty Images

1:24am

Mon March 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Your Child's Fat, Mine's Fine: Rose-Colored Glasses And The Obesity Epidemic

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 6:30 pm

Adam Cole NPR

About 69 percent of American adults are overweight or obese, and more than four in five people say they are worried about obesity as a public health problem.

But a recent poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health revealed a curious schism in our national attitudes toward obesity: Only one in five kids had a parent who feared the boy or girl would grow up to be overweight as an adult.

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