Well said Mark Bittman. Well said.
Fat is not the enemy. I have been teaching this to kids for years. Read this piece if you are looking for a succinct and articulate explanation why.
Always Hungry? Here’s Why
FOR most of the last century, our understanding of the cause of obesity has been based on immutable physical law. Specifically, it’s the first law of thermodynamics, which dictates that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. When it comes to body weight, this means that calorie intake minus calorie...Read More
This article probably doesn't say anything you don't already know. But it is a good reminder that pretty much everyone, even very young kids, covets what they cannot have... even if what they cannot have is a SpongeBob cracker.
The Lure of Forbidden Food
How hard will your child work for food? In an experiment, researchers at Pennsylvania State University gave preschool children the opportunity to “work” for a food reward. All the child had to do was click a computer mouse four times to earn a cinnamon-flavored graham cracker. Read More
Many of us - myself included - have pointed a finger at fast food consumption blaming it for the rise in obesity rates. This study suggests that fast food outlets are not entirely to blame - rather, they just mimic poor eating habits that occur all day long, at home and out of the house too.
Fast Food Not the Major Cause of Rising Childhood Obesity Rates, Study Finds
For several years, many have been quick to attribute rising fast-food consumption as the major factor causing rapid increases in childhood obesity. However a new study...Read More
Here goes my broken record: yes, puberty is starting younger and younger for our kids. This article highlights a new study that confirms what we have known for some time: obese kids are likely to develop sooner than non-obese kids. This has to do with hormone conversion in fat cells - obese bodies face a higher load of the hormones that send the body into puberty. But non-obese kids are at risk too. Every child in grammar school is facing hormonal shifts younger than her (or his!) parents did. Each study that comes along helps take us one step further down the road of understanding why. Hopefully, we can start doing something about it because these kids aren't ready - physically or emotionally - for what is happening to them. And we have no idea what the long term ramifications will be...
Obesity linked to early puberty in girls, study finds
There’s yet another reason to worry about the obesity epidemic among America’s kids: Extra weight may be sending U.S. girls into puberty earlier than ever. Researchers have found that girls with higher body mass index, a ratio of height and weight, may start developing breasts more than a year before their thinner friends — perhaps as early as second grade. The change is spawning a whole new market of child-sized sanitary pads — decorated with hearts and stars — and deodorants aimed at 8- to 10-year-olds, according to a new study and an editorial published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Read More
I am a big fan of breakfast. I write about it, speak about it, teach kids the importance of it. I eat it every day. This article doesn't so much cast doubt on my conviction that breakfast is a key component of a healthy day - but it does remind us that scientific studies aren't prefect.
Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs
I eat breakfast every morning—usually a bowl of Grape-Nuts with fruit, pecans, and a splash of goat’s-milk yogurt. See how virtuous I am? My dietary habits have been endorsed by the nation’s leading gurus of good health: The Mayo Clinic says that morning meals reduce hunger and stave off obesity. Read More
Let's hope so. Hot off the NY Times presses, there is hope that the tide is turning.