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Study Claims Fast Food Is Not A Major Factor In Childhood Obesity
2014-01-16 12:03:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina has found that fast food isn’t necessarily the cause of childhood obesity – it’s a symptom. The study, which was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, said poor dietary habits that obese children learn at home are the main cause of their weight problems. “This is really what is driving children’s obesity,” said study author Barry Popkin,...

Child Diabetes And Obesity Rates Higher In China Than The US
2012-07-06 11:55:44

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online These days, a McDonald´s Big Mac Hamburger is known internationally. While the fast food market has become more global, health issues like obesity and diabetes have had far reaching impacts in other countries around the world. In particular, researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC) recently discovered that Chinese teenagers have a diabetes rate that is four times higher than teenagers in the United...

2011-06-30 13:25:00

New research suggests that snacking and super-sizing are two of the worst enemies for dieters, as Americans consume an average of 570 calories more per day than they did in the 1970s, reaching a whopping 2.374 kilocalories. The influence of bigger portion sizes and excessive snacking outweighs the shift towards high-calorie foods. While super-size portions are part of the problem, steady snacking is a bigger culprit, experts say. The study, published in the journal PLoS Medicine, was...

2011-04-12 08:42:00

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, leading health and research experts are convening at the American Society for Nutrition's Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2011 in Washington, D.C., to review research findings that highlight the growing problem of increased consumption of sweetened caloric beverages and its link to negative health outcomes. During the workshop, "The Global Beverage Picture: Where is the Science Today as Beverage Consumption...

2010-03-09 10:00:00

Taxing fast food, carbonated soda, and other high-calorie consumables could help lower the average American's daily caloric consumption and lower the nation's obesity rates, according to findings published in the March 8, 2010 issue Archives of Internal Medicine. The study, which was conducted over a 20 year span by researchers at the University of North Carolina, showed that both average weight and risk for diabetes decreased as the price of fast food went up. Likewise, lower prices on said...

2009-03-25 08:00:00

EPA Contradicts Univ. of North Carolina Professor Barry Popkin's Greenhouse-Gas Blunder WASHINGTON, March 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Barry Popkin, the University of North Carolina nutrition professor who repeatedly blamed meat producers yesterday for contributing more to climate change than transportation, is ignoring Environmental Protection Agency data that directly contradict his claims, the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) claimed today. In an editorial published in...

2008-07-08 06:00:00

By Nanci Hellmich For centuries, people in China have been fairly lean, but now at least one-fourth of adults there are overweight or obese, a trend starting to take a toll on the country's health care system and economy, says a paper out today in the journal Health Affairs. In 2006, 26% of the Chinese population weighed too much -- about 275 million people -- compared with 8.8% in 1989, says study author Barry Popkin, a professor of nutrition and director of the Obesity Center at the...

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