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|Youth Sports: A Game-Changer in the Fight to End Obesity | Commentary|
Roll Call, 2.27.14
By Rep. Marcia Fudge, a Democrat from Ohio and Ed Foster-Simeon, president and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation and member of the Campaign to End Obesity’s Board of Directors.
As we all know, February is Black History month, a time for us to celebrate the contributions of many trailblazing African-Americans, including the athletes who revolutionized their respective sports and impacted the nation. Accordingly, we recognize the contributions of Jackie Robinson, Ernie Davis, Althea Gibson, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton and countless others who overcame barriers to enhance their sports. Black History Month is also a time to reflect on African-American athletes who have overcome adversity and inspired generations to come. We are inspired by the stories of athletes such as Jackie Robinson’s older brother, Mack Robinson, who won the silver medal in the 200-meter dash during the 1936 Olympic Games, finishing second only to the great Jesse Owens.
|New F.D.A. Nutrition Labels Would Make ‘Serving Sizes’ Reflect Actual Servings|
The New York Times, 2.27.14
The Food and Drug Administration for the first time in two decades will propose major changes to nutrition labels on food packages, putting calorie counts in large type and adjusting portion sizes to reflect how much Americans actually eat. It would be the first significant redrawing of the nutrition information on food labels since the federal government started requiring them in the early 1990s. Those labels were based on eating habits and nutrition data from the 1970s and ’80s, before portion sizes expanded significantly, and federal health officials argued that the changes were needed to bring labels into step with the reality of the modern American diet.
|New CDC data shows 43 percent drop in obesity rates among children 2 to 5|
Washington Post, 2.25.14
New federal data published Tuesday show a 43 percent drop in obesity rates among children ages 2 to 5 during the past decade, providing another encouraging sign in the fight against one of the country’s leading public health problems, officials said.The finding comes from a government study considered a gold standard to measure public-health trends. Researchers found that just over 8 percent of children 2 to 5 were obese in 2011-2012, down from nearly 14 percent in 2003-2004. Although the drop was significant, federal health officials noted that obesity rates for the broader population remain unchanged, and for women older than 60, obesity rates rose about 21 percent during that period.
|Mississippi, West Virginia top the list for most obese states|
The Hill, 3.4.14
Mississippi and West Virginia are the most obese states in the country, according to a Gallup survey released on Tuesday. Gallup found that about 35 percent of the people in both states are obese. Delaware, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky and Oklahoma round out the top 10 most obese states. The poll also found a larger percentage of people nationwide are obese. In 2012, only five states registered more than 30 percent obese, but now, every state in the top ten has surpassed that mark. Gallup first began tracking obesity rates in 2008, when the national average was 25.5 percent. The national average is now 27.1 percent. High rates of obesity add to the nation's health costs, Gallup noted.
|USDA adds foods to moms and kids food program|
Washington Post, 2.28.14
Pregnant women, mothers and children who get federal assistance with their grocery bills will now be able to buy more whole-grain foods, yogurt, fish, fruits and vegetables. The changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC, will go into place by next year. The Agriculture Department announced the changes Friday as the final part of a process it began in 2007 to overhaul the program and greatly expand the number of healthy foods offered. Changes announced that year and put in place in 2009 eliminated many fruit juices from infant food packages, reduced saturated fats the program covered and made buying fruits and vegetables easier.
|Detroit area hospitals expect to treat more for obesity under Obamacare|
Detroit News, 3.3.14
Metro Detroit hospitals are expecting an uptick in weight-loss services, including bariatric surgery, thanks to changes in insurance coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act. Michigan residents who purchase health care coverage under the federal law will have access to weight-loss services similar to or better than those offered to people with private insurance. An estimated 1.3 million Michigan residents are eligible for insurance that covers appointments with nutritionists, medical weight-loss programs and bariatric surgery. About 30 percent of Michigan’s overall population is considered obese.
|Schoolchildren are eating more fruits, veggies|
Are schoolchildren actually eating more fruits and vegetables under the new school lunch program? Apparently they are, according to a new study published Tuesday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Children returning to school beginning in fall 2012 found some significant changes to their cafeteria menus: more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The healthier foods were the result of changes to the National School Lunch Program made under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. But lack of enthusiasm about these new requirements soon surfaced. A few school districts even dropped out of the lunch program. However, the authors of this study say their research proves the opposite: “Contrary to media reports, these results suggest that the new school meal standards have improved students' overall diet quality.