Fast-food menu offerings vary in dietary quality, but are consistently poor

By analyzing the food menus from the top fast-food restaurant chains in America, new research published in the journal Public Health Nutrition shows that these restaurants do not offer many menu items that meet dietary guidelines for healthy eating. Even those menu items that were part of the kid’s menu or marketed specifically as healthy, still fell far short of meeting dietary recommendations for fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. Continue reading

Obesity risk for kids who don’t taste ‘bitter’

Oct. 30, 2012, Futurity

Children who are less sensitive to bitter tastes are more likely to be obese — but only if they live where healthy food is hard to come by.

Neither genes nor the environment alone can predict obesity in children, but when considered together a strong relationship emerges, a new study shows. Continue reading

Proximity of convenience stores and parks impact children’s weight status

Children living within a one-fourth mile of convenience stores have almost twice the odds of being overweight or obese while those living within a one-half mile of a park have less than half the odds of being overweight of obese according to new research presented Oct. 30 at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) annual conference. Continue reading