A Hefty Amount of News

America's weight problem is reported on weekly—if not daily. News of new complications and proposed solutions are everywhere. Here's some of this week's press coverage:

  • According to the Associated Press a new study shows the number of overweight women in the United States is leveling off, but men and children are still gaining.
  • Medical News Today reports over 250,000 American children under the age of six can't fit into car seats designed for their age group.

The New York Times was especially busy this week:

  • The Times reports in an attempt to improve the nutrition of New York public schools, apples slices will be sold as healthy alternatives to chips and other snack foods.
  • Another article from The New York Times explains that the obesity epidemic in children may start as early as age two.
  • According to The New York Times an amendment to the National School Lunch Act would require all food sold in schools to meet higher nutritional standards.
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Linda - April 8, 2006 11:50 AM

I noticed this barage of news lately too. They never seem to get into why animal foods are bad; it's mostly junkfood, like chips and soda. I think this is a good step, though; I just wish we could see Dr. F on some of these primetime news shows...why doesn't "60 Minutes" do a piece on factory farming and how these are responsible for so much devastation, aside from the animal emotional issues?
Cutting meat alone would help us all.

Sarah - April 9, 2006 3:54 PM

"I just wish we could see Dr. F on some of these primetime news shows...why doesn't "60 Minutes" do a piece on factory farming and how these are responsible for so much devastation, aside from the animal emotional issues? "

I heard Marion Nestle (author of Food Politics) talk about this at Vegsource a few years ago. She said that shows like 60 Minutes and 20/20 have been told by the meat and dairy industry that they will pull their advertising dollars (Million$) with those networks for a period of time if they run such shows. The networks can't afford to make their biggest advertisers mad at them, so they don't run the shows. Pathetic.

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