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Understanding Childhood Obesity and Nutrition


Moms and Dads Know Best: Understanding Childhood Obesity and Nutrition. Thursday, September 15, 2011 at THEARC 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020.

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Food Marketing Is Not the Answer to Obesity

Letters to the Editor: the Washington Examiner While childhood obesity is a serious problem, food marketing is not the culprit. Parents are ultimately in control, and this week’s announcement that McDonald’s is offering a slimmed-down version of the Happy Meal is a great example of that fact. Apple dippers have been offered since 2004, and […]

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Advertising Isn’t the Obesity Boogeyman

Published in  With nearly one in three American children overweight, it’s easy to question why anyone would oppose voluntary government guidelines that would severely restrict which foods can be marketed to children. What isn’t addressed by many is the theory behind these proposed guidelines, crafted by a gang of four government agencies called the […]

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Food Ban Would Be Costly, Absurd

Letters to the Editor: The Washington Times am in total agreement with Beth Johnson’s Aug. 8 Commentary column, “Enough to make you lose your appetite.” Proposed restrictions on food marketing, designed by a government interagency working group, have little, if any, rationale considering the food they would end up targeting. Focusing entirely on sodium, potassium and […]

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Obesity Problem Is About Personal Responsibility and Access

Published in the Huffington Post, 8/3/11 Regarding Kristin Wartman’s August 1st column, “Food Industry Would Prefer to Regulate Itself,” Ms. Wartman casts the food and advertising industry as the callous, corporate villain for a problem that, in truth, is really about personal responsibility and access to healthy and affordable foods. First though, a little […]

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Setting Industry Guidelines for Marketing Junk Food

Letters to the Editor: The New York Times To the Editor: Mark Bittman criticizes the food industry’s opposition to proposed interagency guidelines on marketing to children, and calls self-regulation “self-serving.” In reality, these guidelines are so overreaching that they triggered bipartisan opposition from the most divided Congress in recent history, with Republicans and Democrats sending […]

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Black Teen Not Allowed To Be Valedictorian

From Kymberly Wimberley is a black teen mom who earned the highest GPA in her class in McGehee High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. But she wasn’t allowed to be valedictorian. The school’s administrators were afraid of a “big mess” if was Kymberly was recognized as the top of her class, according to a […]

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A Slimmer Happy Meal

Today, the Chicago Tribune reports that McDonald’s is announcing major changes to its Happy Meal. The once-optional apple slices will now be standard and the serving of fries will be smaller. Fat-free chocolate milk or one percent milk will be standard, and parents will have to specifically ask for soda if they choose that for […]

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Creating Oases in Food Deserts

Great news for the health of America’s underserved communities!  First Lady Michelle Obama announced today she’s teamed up with some major retailers to fight food deserts in America. For those of you not familiar with food deserts, it is believed that they contribute to many of the catastrophic health problems we see in underserved communities.  […]

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