First lady Michelle Obama wants to see public schools add 6,000 salad bars within the next three years. The first lady has made boosting fruit and vegetable consumption a major goal in her effort to get people to eat better. She was at Riverside Elementary School in Miami, Florida to unveil the new initiative to get kids to eat healthier. The United Fresh Produce Association says only about 15-percent of public school cafeterias have salad bars right now and for the others, it just costs too much to install one. It costs about $2,500 for all the equipment. As part of Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” initiative, the UFPA is donating salad bars to schools around the country. Michelle Obama would like to see more setups like this around the country. However, some school districts say offering such a service would be difficult, citing cost and sanitation concerns. Some worry that younger students would use their hands to serve the salad instead of utensils, while others are concerned the adult-sized sneeze guards wouldn’t properly protect the food when young students sneeze Riverside is the first school to get one of the free salad bars
Increasing obesity in children will lead to higher obesity rates in the adult population and a greater diabetes and heart disease burden, U.S. researchers say. Drs. Megan Moriarty-Kelsey and Stephen Daniels of the University of Colorado School of Medicine say obese children may already exhibit early signs of hypertension, elevated cholesterol levels and insulin resistance. The comprehensive review, published in the journal Childhood Obesity, says there is mounting evidence linking childhood obesity increases to the risk of adult obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. Moriarty-Kelsey and Daniels stress the importance of prevention and early intervention for childhood obesity not only to minimize risk of future disease, but to prevent the occurrence of disorders once thought of as conditions of adulthood that have become increasingly common in children, such as type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease
A study of 900 primary school pupils in Norway found that fat children ate healthy foods – such as fruit, vegetables, fish, and brown bread, as well as low-calorie cheese and yoghurt – more frequently than their normal-weight peers
In contrast, kids of normal weight were more inclined to binge on unprocessed and junk food like burgers, sausages, biscuits
processed pizza, and sweets
It was also noticed that heavier children drank juice and sweetened drinks more often, while the normal weight kids drank carbonated drinks.
The study found that overweight kids ate more frequently, were less active physically, and more likely to have obese parents compared to kids of normal weigh
The study was done by Telemark University College and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and contributes to the debate over whether diet or exercise is more important
Professor Anne Lise Brantsæter, from the NIPH, who led the project, said: “It is positive that parents and children emphasise healthy food choices.
However, it is important to note that the amount of healthy foods must be adapted to a child’s activity level to limit further weight gain.
Obesity is a growing problem that can have unfortunate consequences for the children both physically and mentally.”
San Francisco has taken an important step to curb childhood obesity.
Also, the meals are required to contain at least a half-cup of fruit or three-quarters cup of vegetables to qualify for a toy.
The San Francisco board of supervisors gave a preliminary approval to the ban on Tuesday, making it the first major U.S. city to pass such a law.
“This is a tremendous victory for our children’s health,” said the state education board’s Eric Mar, chief sponsor of the legislation
Response from McDonald’s
Fast food giant McDonald’s said Wednesday it was “extremely disappointed” at a ruling by San Francisco authorities banning high-calorie Happy Meals, which entice children to eat with free toys.
The response came after the Californian city’s board of supervisors voted to forbid restaurants from giving gifts with meals that contain too much fat and sugar.
“We are extremely disappointed with this decision. It?s not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for,” said McDonald’s spokeswoman Danya Proud
In overweight children, minor increases in body mass index percentile may have substantial effects on blood pressure, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2010 Scientific Sessions, held Oct. 13-16 in Washington, D.C.
Wanzhu Tu, Ph.D., of the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, and colleagues analyzed data from 1,113 overweight and non-overweight children, ages 4 to 17, with a mean age of 10.2 years at enrollment.
The researchers found that the effect of BMI percentiles (BMI%) on systolic blood pressure in overweight boys was 4.6 times that of boys who weren’t overweight. The estimated effect of BMI percentiles on prehypertensive systolic blood pressure for overweight boys was more than six times the effect for non-overweight boys. These effects were also seen in overweight girls.
“The analysis shows that BMI% minimally affects BP in non-overweight children. However, in overweight children, small increases in BMI% can result in large BP% changes, thus a small reduction in BMI% could greatly reduce hypertension risk,” the authors write.
Obese children are likely to become obese adults, increasing their risk for high blood pressure and heart disease. Other research has shown an association between BMI and blood pressure and reports reflect high blood pressure among children rising in parallel with childhood obesity rates. A 2007 study published in Circulation, reported that between 1988 and 2002, prehypertension increased among children and adolescents by 2.3% and hypertension increased by 1%.
This study was presented at a medical conference. The findings should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the “peer review” process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical
Controversial YouTube ad compares injecting heroin to eating junk food
“You wouldn’t inject your kids with junk. So why are you feeding it to them?” That’s the question a new web video aimed at increasing awareness of childhood obesity asks.
The Sydney company which produced the clip, Rozelle’s The Precinct, yesterday said it had to be extreme to make people think about the important issue
Because of a computer error, hundreds of British families were told mistakenly that their children were overweight, the government admitted.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has halted the notifications until the glitch is fixed, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.
Millions of schoolchildren are weighed at the beginning and end of the school year for the National Child Measurement Program to combat child obesity.
“Parental feedback letters,” generated by a computer program, are sent advising parents if their offspring need to lose weight.
Government sources believe 2,500 children may have been incorrectly weighed and measured, and hundreds told they were overweight, because of a software error