Tag Archives: obesity

Is Sitting The New Smoking?


USA TODAY
http://m.usatoday.com/article/yourlife/629347

DRINKING WATER PROVEN TO HELP WEIGHT LOSS


  • Drinking two cups of water before all three meals helped dieters lose weight and keep it off.
  • The strategy only worked in people who were middle-aged and older, but water might help younger dieters, too.
  • Americans get far too many calories in the form of sugar-filled beverages.

http://news.discovery.com/human/glass-water-weight-loss.html

Health vs. Pork: The Farm Bill


The Farm Bill, a massive piece of federal legislation making its way through Congress, governs what children are fed in schools and what food assistance programs can distribute to recipients. The bill provides billions of dollars in subsidies, much of which goes to huge agribusinesses producing feed crops, such as corn and soy, which are then fed to animals. By funding these crops, the government supports the production of meat and dairy products—the same products that contribute to our growing rates of obesity and chronic disease. Fruit and vegetable farmers, on the other hand, receive less than 1 percent of government subsidies.

The government also purchases surplus foods like cheese, milk, pork, and beef for distribution to food assistance programs—including school lunches. The government is not required to purchase nutritious foods.

This article was written in 2007, but nothing has changed yet.  Lots more, including diagrams showing how subsidies are spent…