Kids are rebelling at the healthy food they feel is being shoved at them on a government spoon. Is there any winning with the 31-million American kids who participate in the National School Lunch Program?
We can't solve the obesity crisis facing African-Americans by focusing solely on personal behavior. There is a long and storied relationship between the African-American community and food and beverage companies. The time has come for us to ask if we love their products more than we love ourselves.
Schools are powerful platforms for promoting healthier eating, food system reform and sustainability. Ignoring the health of employees puts a valuable asset at risk and misses a critical opportunity to activate school personnel as agents of change.
This post is part of a series I will be writing on chemicals in our everyday products that may act as endocrine disruptors. These include the antibacterial chemical tricolsan, found in many personal care products.
Do celebrities with Beyoncé's massive influence on young kids have a moral obligation to consider the horrendous impact of excessive soda consumption in our culture when they mull over megabuck branding opportunities?
Welcome to HuffPost's School Lunch Project: We wish to create a forum in which we can swap stories, share ideas, and start tackling the international problem of childhood obesity together -- not simply as "societies" or "governments" but as communities, mothers, fathers, experts, and yes, you too kids.
There's no doubt that these Pepsi ad executives know what they're doing, they've taken one of the biggest pop stars and sex symbols in the world, and conflated her talent and success with their product -- it is marketing genius. But who suffers as a result?
Beyonce's $50,000,000 deal with Pepsi provided a stark contrast to a New York Times article this week about the decreasing childhood obesity rates in several cities across the United States.
You should be a role model for what good health and regular exercise can do. But instead, you're doing the opposite by representing Coca-Cola and McDonald's.
At a time when family economic challenges remain significant and the threat of the fiscal cliff looms large, critics contend that SNAP is an unsustainable entitlement. Cutting SNAP is precisely the wrong prescription for our children and the nation's economic recovery.
The reason we don't always make healthy choices is simply because it is hard. Even people who are highly motivated and have strong willpower may fail to establish healthy habits in the long term if they don't adopt the right methods.
When we consider many of the medicines that have been cited as being in short supply, such as injections for chemotherapy or injections inhibiting blood clotting, we are considering medications that are likely the product of a modern Western life far removed from the natural order of things.
Lots of thought and effort go into the meals we serve at home and on holidays. And, there is an equally serious and intense conversation happening right now about the profound impact that school foods have on the health of our children.
I don't think the holidays should be canceled. A more precise solution is needed to tackle a more complex problem for a rising population in our society. But let's have that discussion instead of one that perpetuates the the tired and unhelpful way we currently talk about obesity.
My 13-month-old will grow up never knowing the wonders of Wonderbread! The holiness of Ho Hos! AND GOOD GOD, NO TWINKIES?!
Much attention has been focused on changing food deserts for the sake of the nation's health. Let's not forget, though, that good food is not the only thing a child needs. No community will be a healthy place for a child to grow up until all a baby's basic needs are accessible and affordable.