Obesity


A bustling farmers market outside Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, offering healthy food to patients and doctors alike. Photo: Amelia Moore

In the Rush to Repeal Obamacare, A Reminder: Food Policy Is Health Policy

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

2017 is nearly upon us. And while the year ahead seems full of uncertainty, some things never change, including the tendency of many Americans to make New Year’s resolutions to improve their diets and lose weight.

But the day-to-day “what to eat” decisions of individual Americans are fickle and heavily shaped by the food environment around us. Which is why, as the incoming president and Congress set out their policy priorities—including a long-planned repeal of Obamacare—it’s worth looking at potential policy changes that could make it harder for Americans to keep their resolutions in 2017 and beyond. Read more >

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Sweets for the Sweet? How to Lower Your Child’s Sugar Intake (and Why It Matters)

L. Matthew Schwartz, MD, FAAPM&R, FAADEP, , UCS

Who doesn’t love cookies, candy, cake, and ice cream? Soda, fruit juice, starch? They satisfy our brains’ pleasure and addiction centers. It’s even harder to limit our intake of sugar, as it is added to so many foods we eat. Why? It’s cheap and it sells. Just read all of your food labels for a real shock! Read more >

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For Healthier Kids, US Policies Need an Added Sugar Fix

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

I’m not a parent, but I know from conversations with colleagues and friends who are that getting children to eat a healthy diet is a top priority when you have a little one. Yet, children’s health isn’t exactly at the top of the priorities list for the food industry. Instead, food companies have been capitalizing on children’s inherent attraction to sweet foods and beverages and the likelihood that early exposure in childhood will hook them on sugars into adulthood. Read more >

Photo: m01229/CC BY 2.0, Flickr
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Experts and Voters Agree: We Need to Fix the Food System

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

Add three dozen leading food experts to the growing chorus calling for more and better government action to fix our broken food system. Read more >

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The Politics of Pizza: The “Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act” is Anything But

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the House of Representatives on February 12 sent a calorie-laden heart-shaped pizza to Big Pizza, particularly Domino’s Pizza. It passed a bill, with an Orwellian title the House leadership loves, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act. The bill is designed to undermine a truly common-sense regulation that the Food and Drug Administration has been working on for years to ensure that consumers have access to understandable information about the calorie content of restaurant menu items. Read more >

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