Frequent dining out might widen your waistline

November 17, 2014

Love to dine out? You could be at higher risk for becoming overweight and having poorer cholesterol levels than people who prefer to eat at home, a new study suggests. Researchers led by Ashima Kant of Queens College, City University of New York, analyzed data from more than 8,300 American adults between 2005–2010.

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Study finds deregulation fueling obesity epidemic

March 10, 2014

Governments could slow or even reverse the growing obesity epidemic if they introduced more regulation into the global market for fast foods such as burgers, chips, and fizzy drinks, researchers said on Feb 3. A study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that if governments took firmer action, they could […]

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Fast food: A symptom, not the cause of childhood obesity

February 17, 2014

It’s easy to point the finger at fast food joints. A decade after the breakout documentary, “Super Size Me,” the cheap, un-nutritious, happy meal is a go-to candidate for public ire when it comes to childhood obesity. But a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina says that explanation might be too […]

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Many people ignore, miss calorie counts on fast food menus

December 11, 2013

By Kathleen Doheny Posting the calorie content of menu items at restaurants is designed to make diners stop and think, tally up the total, and make wiser choices. In real life, that doesn’t seem to be the case, according to new research. In a poll of 2,000 Philadelphia fast food customers, aged 18 to 64, […]

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Most people use calorie information at fast food restaurants, when they read it

November 27, 2013

According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adults who read calorie information when it is available at fast food and chain restaurants tend to use the information when purchasing food. The authors, including Heidi Blanck, chief of CDC’s Obesity Prevention and Control Branch and member of the National […]

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Nutrition standards won’t fix ‘Big Food’s’ worst child marketing tactics

July 11, 2013

By Michele Simon Last month, I participated in an important panel at a childhood obesity conference to discuss the current strategy backed by some advocacy groups: asking industry to market “healthier” foods to children. But as Susan Linn and I recently argued, any marketing to children is harmful, regardless of the product’s nutritional content. Instead […]

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Study: Too few kids use fast food calorie info

June 3, 2013

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas While some fast food chains are required to provide calorie and other nutritional information to help customers make informed choices, kids who eat fast food at least twice a week are 50 percent less likely to use this information than kids who eat fast food less often, according to a new […]

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Do fast food restaurants fall short on their health claims?

May 22, 2013

By Christopher Wanjek Fast food restaurants are serving healthier options, although only marginally so, according to a study published last week in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. You may have known that changes were afoot in the fast food restaurants most vilified by doctors for serving unhealthy fare. McDonald’s, Burger King and others now offer salad, […]

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Teens ate ‘too many calories’ at Subway and McDonald’s, study says

May 15, 2013

By Mary Macvean Adolescents who went to McDonald’s and Subway in Los Angeles bought about the same number of calories at each, despite Subway’s reputation as a healthier place to eat, researchers said. The menus are not the point, lead researcher Dr. Lenard Lesser of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute said by phone. […]

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Fast-food menu offerings vary in dietary quality, but are consistently poor

January 22, 2013

By analyzing the food menus from the top fast-food restaurant chains in America, new research published in the journal Public Health Nutrition shows that these restaurants do not offer many menu items that meet dietary guidelines for healthy eating. Even those menu items that were part of the kid’s menu or marketed specifically as healthy, […]

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