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Bad and getting worse

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I know we have already covered the obesity topic, but the CDC just released their obesity report for 2016 and the news is bad, really bad.  Instead of reducing the adult obesity rate, its actually increased – up to nearly 40%.  For middle-aged adults, its above 40%.  Time to go back to the drawing board and come up with some fresh ideas, because whatever we’ve tried to slow down this trend is clearly not working.

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More bad news for the soda industry

In Featured Posts, Obesity by Prof7 Comments

One third of Americans are now obese and another third are overweight.  Diabetes rates are not far behind.  Childhood obesity and diabetes, almost unheard of 50 years ago, have reached alarming levels. There is a lot of blame to go around – from fast food restaurants to school lunch and other government programs that encourage unhealthy diets.  Of course, the packaged foods industry has also received a lot of the blame. Soda pop producers have been especially singled out by many nutritionists and public health professionals for their role in promoting obesogenic diets.  I will be discussing this more on Wednesday, but most of you already know how pervasive pop consumption is in the U.S. and how many calories we consume as  sports drinks, soda pop, and other sugary beverages.  Even with consumers cutting back on their pop consumption, each one of us still drinks, on average, more than 35 gallons per year. Last year, a major controversy on this very topic occurred after the prestigious journal JAMA Internal Medicine published an study critical of the sugar industry.  Specifically, that …