Feeding our children nutritious meals and teaching them that eating vegetables, fruits and whole grains and being physically active can help prevent many diseases should be the nation's goal.
The rapidly rising rates of childhood obesity and subsequent increasing burden of disease and disability has grave social and economic consequences.
Fed Up is an excellent documentary; it's the latest in shocking truths about our food in America from Atlas Films with producers Katie Couric, Laurie David, Heather Reisman, Regina Kulik Scully and Michael Walrath, directed by Stephanie Soechtig.
With these movies, we see two reactions by Big Agriculture and Big Food to documentaries sounding the alarm about America's systemic problems with food, from how it's produced, marketed, and regulated to its final impact on eaters suffering from a growing list of ailments. But both responses are ultimately problematic.
Parents face many challenges when trying to get their children to eat a more healthy diet. One key for parents is to try and make sure their children make healthy choices inside and outside the home.
Parents of food-obsessed kids often struggle in silence. That's because the typical advice to cut portions -- and swap sweets for healthy fare -- often make matters worse.
"I don't want that to happen to me," my 9-year-old son whimpered with tears streaming down his face. We'd just finished watching the documentary, Fed Up - which targets the childhood obesity epidemic and the role the food industry plays in marketing unhealthy foods to children.
Accurate and reliable information is crucial to help the fight against childhood obesity and the many health problems it causes. The new food label will provide that information.
Athletes are concerned about their legacies on the playing field, however, imagine if athletes also started to be concerned with the legacies they leave with the foods they endorse?
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Proclaiming yogurt as an official state snack is a terribly misguided proposal since the majority of yogurt on the market today is full of added sugars. The saddest part is those yogurts marketed to kids tend to have the most added sugars.
The idea that a calorie is a calorie, that everybody should just eat less and exercise more and that if you're overweight it's simply a matter of willpower -- all the stuff we've all come to accept as medial fact over the last few years -- is thrown out by the panel of experts in Fed Up.
While there have been many docs on obesity and America's industrial food industry, this one takes aim at the prevailing calories-in/calories-out model, which has dominated our view of weight gain for years.
A top-notch physical education program is about meeting the needs of all students, not just the athletically inclined. It's about getting kids active today and excited about the lifetime benefits of health and wellness. It means emphasizing fitness and physical well-being, not team sports.
The health of our youth seems to be getting worse and worse.
There doesn't seem to be any way around the latest inconvenient truth. Sugar kills. We need to drastically decrease consumption.