This is the time of year when that weight-loss resolution tends to get a little... slack. Maybe you have lost a couple pounds, but the work it takes to lose more -- and keep off the few you have lost -- gets old. You need to re-motivate yourself and decide once again what you really want.
Stark income inequality and poverty separate us from other wealthy nations, who also have more generous safety nets and demonstrate greater social mobility than we do. In America, the best predictor of good or bad health is the income level of your zip code.
After months of delay, the USDA released its proposed rules governing the nutritional quality of so-called "competitive" foods and beverages offered on school campuses. Here's an overview of the rules' key provisions and my take on some of the big issues to watch.
Today's public does not recognize the public health danger associated with sugar-sweetened soda. But with the advance of public awareness, it's possible that images of Beyoncé with the Pepsi logo painted on her lips might be reserved for history books.
From a nutritional point of view, if we were to invent the worst diet ever -- one with a component list designed uniquely for unhealthy weight gain and cardiovascular and metabolic morbidity -- we'd be hard pressed to imagine one worse than the typical fast food regimen.
If "the people" does not, and cannot, mean all people, and if the Founders did not further specify which people -- then that is a question we are obligated to ask and answer. Which people? And, similarly, what arms?
New York Times food journalist Mark Bittman asked, "Why Do Stars Think It's OK to Sell Soda?" The question is brilliant, but goes unanswered -- a rhetorical question where perhaps we'd do better than to take the answer for granted.
The Duke Healthy Lifestyle program includes talking to children -- mostly adolescents -- and their families about healthy eating, and providing them with a fitness routine at a local gym. A program for the entire family to do together.
As part of the food community, we have a responsibility to do our part and play a role in combating childhood obesity. The answer is prevention, and promoting the importance of family dinners is a terrific place for our community to lead the war against obesity-related disease.
We have such unlovely terms to describe our bodies. How good can you feel about yourself if you use those expressions to define parts of your own body? Not very. I think we're going too far with personal insults we aim at ourselves.
The image of food insecurity now is an overweight child with a low-quality diet, and SNAP should be changed to reflect that. But there are prevailing concerns regarding the ethics of restricting choice for lower-income groups and creating an exclusion that will target them.
A noisy grassroots uprising against Beyoncé could get other celebrities to back off from endorsing non-nutritious products to impressionable kids. Remember, once upon a time, celebrities regularly promoted tobacco products. Now, they wouldn't be caught dead hawking cigarettes.
While it's encouraging to see so many community leaders taking the issue of childhood obesity to heart, ultimately, this is a parent's responsibility. If you want your children to be healthy and fit, you need to set boundaries and be the best role model you can.
You would have to be living in a bubble to have missed the news that Beyonce cut a reported $50 million deal with PepsiCo. Although the deal may meet Beyonce's and Pepsi's mutually-beneficial marketing needs, it does not serve the best interests of the U.S. public.