Today, two-thirds of U.S. adults and nearly one in three children struggle because they are overweight or have obesity.  The effects of the nation’s obesity epidemic are immense:  taxpayers, businesses, communities and individuals spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year due to obesity, including nearly $200 billion in medical costs.  Obesity is the reason that the current generation of youth is predicted to live a shorter life than their parents.  Much can be done to reverse the epidemic, yet important opportunities to tackle obesity at the national policy level -- including changes that enable more Americans to eat healthy and be active, as well as those that provide appropriate medical treatment for patients -- have gone largely unmet.  The Campaign works to fill this gap.  By bringing together leaders from across industry, academia and public health with policymakers and their advisors, the Campaign provides the information and guidance that decision-makers need to make policy changes that will reverse one of the nation’s costliest and most prevalent diseases.

Obama's Plan to Give Free Lunches to Millions More Kids
The Washington Post, 01.27.16
The Obama administration will announce new plans Wednesday to launch a pilot program aimed at increasing poor children's access to food through the National School Lunch Program. The pilot program will allow participating states to use Medicaid data to automatically certify students for free and reduced-price school lunches. Currently, families have to submit an application — a laborious process for parents and a costly one for schools — even when they have already proven that they are income-eligible through their participation in other government assistance programs.

Finally, More Doctors are Specializing in Obesity Treatment
Forbes, 02.01.16
At long last, more full-fledged doctors who actually specialize in obesity treatment are arriving. For years, the medical profession has been churning out doctors super specializing in areas that exceeded demand (for example, how many radiologists do we really need?) and at the same time neglecting areas that have real need…such as obesity treatment. Last I checked, an obesity epidemic has been gripping the world, but there’s been no similar epidemic of X-rays that need to be read. If you don’t know already, obesity is a major problem, resulting in many different physical, psychological, social and economic problems, including chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, lost productivity for businesses, and soaring healthcare costs. Based on television shows such as The Biggest Loser and myriad diet and exercise products and programs that blanket television, the internet and magazines, people are calling out for help to manage their weight and treat obesity. So (queue the song “Flight of the Valkyries”) last week, the still relatively new American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) certified more than 400 physicians as obesity medicine specialists.

Ending Childhood Obesity is a Global Challenge
Newsweek, 01.30.16
Childhood obesity is no longer the preserve of wealthy nations. There are more overweight and obese children in the developing world, in terms of absolute numbers, and an upward trend is evident. In Africa alone, the number of overweight children under five years of age nearly doubled from 5.4 million to 10.3 million between 1990 and 2014. Current estimates of 41 million overweight and obese children under five globally represents only the tip of the iceberg—we do not yet have figures available for older children and adolescents. The situation is exacerbated if we factor in the number of children who are heading towards obesity but have not yet reached the standard cut-off.

Glimmer of Hope for the Obesity Crisis?
Forbes, 01.29.16
Acceptance of being overweight is greater today than in 2010 as Americans increasingly see themselves primarily responsible for their own weight, although belief in the role of genetic predisposition is significant and growing. A new report finds people are beginning to connect the dots between eating behaviors and personal health.

Obama to Seek $12B From Congress for Child Nutrition
ABC News, 01.27.16
President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for $12 billion over a decade to help feed schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer, the White House said Wednesday. The request will be in the 2017 budget proposal Obama plans to send lawmakers on Feb. 9.

Senate Panel Approves Bill to Make School Lunches Tastier
Chicago Tribune, 01.20.16
School meals could become a bit tastier under legislation approved by a Senate committee. The measure approved by a voice vote Wednesday is designed to help schools that say the Obama administration's healthier meal rules are too restrictive.

Supermarkets Nearby May Help Kids Lose Some Weight: Study
U.S. News & World Report, 01.21.16
Maybe living close to a large supermarket can help obese children slim down, new research suggests. "Children enrolled in an obesity intervention program who lived closer to a supermarket decreased their body mass index (BMI) and increased their fruit and vegetable intake," said Dr. Lauren Fiechtner, study lead author and director of nutrition at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston.

Excess Weight Leads to Blood Clot Risk in Kids
U.S. News & World Report, 01.21.16
Obese children and teens may have an increased risk for blood clots in their veins, called venous thromboembolism (VTE), a new study suggests.

Strong Majority of Americans Support Strengthening Medicare Law to Require Coverage of Obesity Programs
Business Wire, 01.21.16
More than two years after the American Medical Association declared obesity a disease, a strong majority of Americans believe Congress should approve legislation to require Medicare to cover FDA-approved medicines to treat obesity. Seventy-one percent of Americans believe Medicare should invest in programs to reduce the rate of obesity, according to a national Ipsos poll commissioned by The Gerontological Society of America.

The Battle Plan to Fight Diabetes and Obesity
Health Affairs, 01.13.16
From time to time, most strategic grant-making organizations review their programmatic priorities, assessing the needs and opportunities in a given area and figuring out what role a foundation could play in it. When the New York State Health Foundation’s (NYSHealth’s) board and staff began reviewing its strategic priorities in 2014, we grappled with how we could have the most impact given our modest resources. (Our annual grants and operations budget is approximately $15 million—a modest sum in a state expected, by 2020, to spend more than $300 billion annually on health care!)

Weight-Loss Surgery May Reduce Depression in Some Patients, Study Suggests
The L.A. Times, 01.12.16
fOR some severely obese patients, a new study hints that bariatric surgery might potentially do good for both body and mind. Patients seeking and undergoing such weight-loss procedures were more likely to suffer from depression and binge-eating than the general population -- but those with depression often saw their mental health improve after surgery, a new UCLA-led paper shows.

How Urban Planning Can Influence Obesity Rates
The Atlantic, 01.12.16
There are so many causes of obesity—poverty, social and emotional factors, lack of sleep, genetics—that it becomes difficult to sift through them all. But the relationship between cities and obesity is perhaps even more complicated. On the one hand, city residents are frequently exposed to pollution, and may lack access to public spaces like parks and recreational facilities. On the other hand, cities tend to be more walkable than sprawling suburban areas, and therefore encourage a more active lifestyle.

Lack of Play Spaces for Latino Kids Increases Obesity Risk
NBC News, 01.12.16
Obesity rates in Latino youth are higher compared to their non-Latino white counterparts and it may not only depend on food options. Salud America!, an organization that advocates for childhood obesity prevention, has found a correlation between obesity rates and availability of recreational areas in communities.

Government Revises Dietary Guidelines: Go Ahead and Have Some Eggs
The Washington Post, 01.07.16
The federal government on Thursday told Americans not to worry so much about cholesterol in their diets, that lots of coffee is fine and that skipping breakfast is no longer considered a health hazard.

UW Study: Students Choosing Healthier Food Under New Standards
The Seattle Times, 01.06.16
Nutrition standards aimed at making school meals healthier appear to be working, at least in one area district, with students choosing more nutritious food and buying school meals at the same rate they did before the standards went into effect nearly four years ago, according to a new study by the University of Washington’s School of Public Health.

Even if You Lose Weight, Obesity May Still Impact Your Health
Huffington Post, 01.06.16
People who have been overweight or obese at any time during their lives may be more likely to die early, even if they lose weight later, a new study suggests.

Omnibus Calls for Probe of Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
The Hill, 12.16.15
The year-end government spending bill includes language that calls on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to conduct a “comprehensive review” within 30 days of the the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the federally appointed panel of nutritionists that helps draft them.

Rising Obesity Rates Put Strain on Nursing Homes
The New York Times, 12.14.15
RED BAY, Ala. — At 72, her gray hair closely shorn, her days occupied by sewing and television, Wanda Chism seems every bit a typical nursing home patient — but for her size.

How Genetic Heritage Explains Obesity
Boston Globe, 12.14.15
Your boss blames you for something that wasn’t your fault, so you grab a chocolate bar and a bag of chips to feel better. After years of repeating this pattern — getting upset and overeating — you develop obesity, hypertension, and diabetes, which put you at risk for forming a blood clot in one of your coronary arteries.

One in Five U.S. Kids Has Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels: Study
NBC News, 12.10.15
One in five Americans kids has unhealthy cholesterol levels, and more than 8 percent have the most worrisome high cholesterol levels, a new survey finds.

Fathers May Pass Down More Than Just Genes, Study Suggests
The New York Times, 12.3.15
In 2013, an obese man went to Hvidovre Hospital in Denmark to have his stomach stapled. All in all, it was ordinary bariatric surgery — with one big exception.

Creating Oases in New York City's
The Wall Street Journal, 12.2.15
When Sade Bennett started working in April at a small farm on the grounds of a New York City Housing Authority complex in Brooklyn, she had a GED, a 5-year-old son, and a desire to better her health and her community.

Doctors Need More Training to Address Obesity
Baltimore Sun, 12.2.15
Chances are someone close to you is obese or overweight; just look at the statistics. Worldwide, obesity has nearly doubled since 1980. Worldwide, more than 1.4 billion adults 20 and older are overweight, and of those, 500 million are obese. In the United States, more than two-thirds of adults and one-third of children ages 6 to 19 are overweight or obese. And obesity rates are higher in Baltimore than the national average: According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost 40 percent of Baltimoreans are overweight and almost 30 percent are obese.

There Aren't Enough Specialists to Treat Our Growing Obesity Problem
Huffington Post, 11.30.15
There are currently fewer than 6,000 endocrinologists in the U.S., according to a new analysis, confirming a health care shortage that's particularly distressing in light of this month's report that obesity rates are once again on the rise. A full 38 percent of U.S. adults are now considered to be obese, up from 32 percent of adults a decade ago, and another third are overweight.

Obesity in Youth May Harm Health Later in Life, Even After Weight Loss, 11.27.15
A new study finds that even if overweight or obese young women slim down later on, obesity-linked damage to the heart may linger for decades. The research shows that even formerly overweight women remain at heightened risk for sudden cardiac death later in life.

New Battlefield: Fighting Obesity in the Military, 11.10.15
Every Nov. 11, Americans use Veteran’s Day to remember and thank the brave men and women of our armed forces and their families for the sacrifices they have made in order to protect and serve our country. As we take a moment to celebrate their service, we should also be mindful of perhaps the greatest threat our current military forces face—a threat that jeopardizes our nation’s recruiting ability and risks the strength of our military: the U.S. obesity epidemic.

Obesity Rises Despite All Efforts to Fight It, U.S. Health Officials Say, 11.12.15
Despite years of efforts to reduce obesity in America, including a major push by Michelle Obama, federal health officials reported Thursday that the share of Americans who were obese had not declined in recent years, and had edged up slightly.

Women Overtake Men in U.S. Obesity Rates, 11.12.15
Obesity is still rising among American adults, despite more than a decade of public-awareness campaigns and other efforts to get people to watch their weight, and women have now overtaken men in the obese category, new government research shows.

Obese Kids As Young As 8 May Have Heart Problems
Time, 11.10.15
The health risks associated with extra weight are not news, of course, but scientists have a new concern among the youngest and the heaviest. Researchers at the American Heart Association annual meeting in Florida reported Tuesday that excess weight in children can lead to potentially harmful changes in the hearts of kids as young as 8.

Most Obesity Care Not Covered By Insurers
USA Today, 11.8.15
Obesity is a disease, but the U.S. health care system fails to treat it like one, say doctors who treat obesity.

A Seismic Shift in How People Eat, 11.6.15
It's easy to make fun of people in big cities for their obsession with gluten, or chia seeds, or cleanses. But urbanites are not the only ones turning away from the products created by big food companies. Eating habits are changing across the country and food companies are struggling to keep up.

Balloon You Can Swallow Fights Obesity
NBC News, 11.5.15
A new type of stomach-filling balloon can help people drop pounds, and it doesn't require any surgery to place it, researchers reported Thursday. Patients can just swallow the deflated balloon, and doctors can use a narrow catheter to fill it with water. The balloon makes it harder to overeat.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Cut Patients' Healthcare Costs by Nearly 40%, Study Finds
News Medical, 11.5.15
A new study based on national insurance claims in the United States found that patients with obesity who had gastric bypass surgery cut their healthcare costs by nearly 40 percent after four years, and by 80 percent, if they also had type 2 diabetes before surgery.

How Much Does Severe Obesity Cost California? About $9.1 Billiion
L.A. Times, 11.2.15
We know obesity increases your risk of having high blood pressure, getting diabetes and being diagnosed with certain cancers. Now it turns out it can also increase costs for your state government.

How A Better Diet Could Save Your Life
Time, 11.2.15
Two new studies underline the knowledge that maintaining a good diet is crucial to overall health and stopping deaths that are usually considered preventable.

It’s gotten harder to lose weight and not for the reasons you think
The Washington Post, 10.01.15
Losing weight is hard — and it’s getting harder. That’s not an excuse, a group of researchers say, it’s science. A study from York University published recently in the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice looked at dietary and exercise data for tens of thousands of Americans over the past four decades and found an unsettling but perhaps not so surprising trend: Even when he had the same diet and same activity level, a given adult in 2006 had a higher BMI than a counterpart of the same age in 1988.

With Increasing Obesity, Children's Heart And Diabetes Risks Rise
Forbes, 09.30.15
The number of adults in the U.S. who are overweight or obese—more than two-thirds—has become worrisome enough. But the number of overweight and obese kids, though less than that of adults, is also growing, and especially troubling since the signs of heart disease and diabetes can follow from eerily early in childhood. A couple of weeks ago, the case study of the youngest person ever to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes—at three years old—was presented at a diabetes conference in Europe. A new study in The New England Journal of Medicine lays out what happens in the body when kids are not just overweight, but various levels of obese. And extreme obesity seems to pose considerably more risks than mild obesity.

The Price We Pay for Sitting Too Much
The Wall Street Journal, 09.30.15
New research is helping medical experts devise formulas for how long a typical office worker should spend sitting and standing. Studies have found that sedentary behavior, including sitting for extended periods, increases the risk for developing dozens of chronic conditions, from cancer and diabetes to cardiovascular disease and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Some ergonomics experts warn that too much standing also can have negative effects on health, including greater risk for varicose veins, back and foot problems, and carotid artery disease. “The key is breaking up your activity throughout the day,” said Alan Hedge, a professor of ergonomics at Cornell University. “Sitting all day and standing all day are both bad for you.”

Food Insecurity And Inactivity Are Driving The Obesity Epidemic
The Huffington Post, 09.23.15
Obesity rates in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah are on the rise, while rates in other states are holding steady, according to a new report on the state of obesity in America from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Poll Highlights Importance of Nutritious School Meals for Every Child
The Huffington Post, 09.22.15
Last October, I wrote about Bistro Kids, a Kansas City-based program that augments the federally funded meals at Head Start preschools by connecting kids with healthy, local food, teaching them about good nutrition and giving them a hands-on experience to cook healthy food. The wonderful thing about Bistro Kids is that it reaches children during their formative years, when they're developing lifelong tastes and eating habits.

Little sign of improvement in U.S. obesity rates
CBS News, 09.21.15
New government data shows that in most states, the rate of adult obesity is not improving. But some experts say they see good news in the fact that for the most part obesity rates aren't getting worse.

Policymakers must take obesity seriously (opinion piece)
The Hill, 9.18.15
According to Tommy Thompson, former Wisconsin Governor and former Secretary of Health and Human Services: “More than two years after the American Medical Association declared obesity to be a disease, we still are not using all of the tools available to us to help reduce this costly—and deadly—condition.”

Committee delays reauthorization of healthy school meal rules
The Hill, 9.16.15
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) says he needs more time to finish writing legislation to reauthorize healthy-meal requirements for schools. The Senate Agriculture Nutrition & Forestry Committee was expected to mark up a package reauthorizing the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act on Thursday. But Roberts, the panel's chairman, is still negotiating parts of the bill with Democrats and waiting on the Congressional Budget Office to release cost estimates for new provisions in the proposed legislation.

In school cafeterias, a longer lunch is a more healthful lunch, study says
The Los Angeles Times, 9.11.15
In the continuing quest to improve the health quotient of school lunches, experts have proposed fancy chefs, cutesy lunch boxes and smiley-faced stickers. Now comes a more straightforward suggestion – just make the lunch period longer.

Excess Weight at Age 50 Tied to Earlier Alzheimer’s Onset
The New York Times, 09.10.15
Being obese at age 50 may be tied to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease at a younger age.

Surgeon General Calls for Steps to Promote Healthy Walking
UN News Centre, 09.09.15
WASHINGTON — Take a walk: That's the U.S. surgeon general's prescription for sedentary Americans — but communities will have to step up, too, and make neighborhoods easier and safer for foot traffic.

Half Of Adults In The U.S. Have Diabetes Or Pre-Diabetes, Study Finds
Forbes, 09.08.15
According to a study published online in JAMA today, nearly 50% of adults living in the U.S. have diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition where a person already has elevated blood sugar and is at risk to develop diabetes.

USDA allocates $8M for schools struggling to make healthier meals
The Hill, 09.08.15
The Obama administration is allocating an additional $8 million to help schools that are still struggling to meet first lady Michelle Obama's prized nutrition standards. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the additional funding for the department’s Team Up Program while speaking at the National Press Club on Tuesday. State agencies, Vilsack said, will receive $2.6 million for training programs to help school districts meet new professional standards for cafeteria staff that took effect on July 1. The remaining $5.6 million will go to support the department’s Smarter Lunchrooms strategies effort, with up to $350,000 going to help states fund research-based ideas to increase participation in school meal programs.

Your Commute Could Help You Lose Weight
The Wall Street Journal, 08.11.15
A 15-minute walk to a light-rail station might not seem like much of a workout. But such walks, twice every workday, could help millions of people meet exercise guidelines and get fitter without setting foot in a gym, researchers say.

Gastric Balloon Could Inflate Your Weight-Loss Success
CBS News (Miami), 08.10.15
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Insert a balloon into your stomach, start to lose weight. Those are the basics of a new procedure you can only get from a University of Miami doctor.

The science of skipping breakfast: How government nutritionists may have gotten it wrong
The Washington Post, 08.10.15
Researchers at a New York City hospital several years ago conducted a test of the widely accepted notion that skipping breakfast can make you fat. For some nutritionists, this idea is an article of faith. Indeed, it is enshrined in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the federal government’s advice book, which recommends having breakfast every day because “not eating breakfast has been associated with excess body weight.”

More than 100 Members of Congress Ask for Passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2015 During Medicare's 50th Anniversary Celebration
07.30.15, PR Newswire
TAMPA, Fla., July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) of 2015 (HR 2404 and S 1509) continues to gain momentum with 101 members of the House of Representatives and 10 members of the Senate co-sponsoring this important legislation. The Act, originally introduced by Representatives Paulsen (R-MN); and Kind (D-WI); and Senators Carper (D-DE) and Cassidy (R-LA), aims to provide Medicare beneficiaries with additional treatment tools to help individuals address their overweight and obesity.

CDC: 1 in 9 children have high blood pressure
The Hill, 07.29.15
Public health and science groups are working to debunk the reason why GOP members and special interest say target sodium levels in school lunches should stay where they are. As part of the first lady’s prized healthy school lunch nutrition standards in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, schools were required in the 2014-2015 school year to reduce sodium levels in high school lunches to 1,420 milligrams over the course of a week. By July 2017, the law requires schools further reduce those levels to 1,000 mg in high school lunches.

FDA OKs Nonsurgical Device for Treating Obesity
The Wall Street Journal, 07.28.15
The Food and Drug Administration approved a nonsurgical device for treating obesity that includes two connected silicone balloons filled with salt water that are placed in a patient’s stomach.

Study: School lunches now healthier at racially diverse schools
The Hill, 07.27.15
First Lady Michelle Obama’s prized healthy school lunch standards have given students at smaller and racially diverse schools access to healthier lunches, a new study from a heath and health care advocacy group found. The study, commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found that during the 2010-2011 school year, the odds of having both fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, available everyday was 2.4 and 2.3 times higher, respectively, for students in predominantly white middle schools than for students in more diverse schools.

Americans Are Finally Eating Less
The New York Times, 07.24.15
After decades of worsening diets and sharp increases in obesity, Americans’ eating habits have begun changing for the better. Calories consumed daily by the typical American adult, which peaked around 2003, are in the midst of their first sustained decline since federal statistics began to track the subject, more than 40 years ago. The number of calories that the average American child takes in daily has fallen even more — by at least 9 percent.

Time to address obesity as a priority for Medicare
The Hill, 07.23.15
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Gerontological Society of America James Appleby, BPharm, MPH, wrote the following piece for the The Hill's Congress blog: When we think of the health problems that tend to affect us in our senior years, arthritis immediately comes to mind. So do cognitive disorders, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. And, of course, there is a greater likelihood of the need for joint replacements as we get older.

Newspapers can predict obesity so don’t say we never did anything for you
The Washington Post, 07.22.15
If you're looking for a way to predict future obesity trends, maybe you should buy a newspaper. I promise this post is not just a lame attempt to keep my profession afloat. It's not! There was a real study to back me up here. That study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, looked at two media outlets — the New York Times and the Times of London — and found that in both newspapers, mentions of food might be indicators of how a nation's obesity level is trending.

Study: Probability of Obese People Reaching ‘Normal’ Weight Less Than 1%
CBS News, 07.20.15
WASHINGTON — Despite the fact that the diet industry does several billion dollars worth of business in the U.S. alone each year, a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that most obese people will never achieve a “normal” weight.

ND generals ask Congress to promote act that fights obesity
Associated Press, 07.09.15
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Senior military leaders from North Dakota said Thursday that federal nutrition standards for schools should not be watered down or eliminated because they are helping to curb an obesity epidemic that is hurting the recruitment of new soldiers. Retired Gens. Michael Haugen, Keith Bjerke, Jerald Engelman and Robert Schulte said during a news conference at the Fargo Air Museum that the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act may not be perfect, but it should be reauthorized without attempts to weaken or roll back guidelines.

CEP enhances existing school lunch and breakfast programs
The Hill, 07.08.15
Congress did the right thing when it enacted the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) in 2010 to help alleviate hunger among our nation’s most vulnerable children. With the Aug. 31 deadline approaching for high-poverty schools to decide if they want to participate in the CEP, it’s important that policy makers, school administrators, parents and others know what a smart opportunity the CEP is and know as well that a recent op-ed in The Hill substitutes fiction for fact (“Is free school lunch the next great American entitlement program?” July 1) .

GOP has knives out for school lunch rules
The Hill, 07.07.15
First lady Michelle Obama’s signature school lunch regulations are coming under fresh fire from GOP lawmakers, who view impending reauthorization legislation as their best chance yet to dial back the controversial nutrition standards. Republicans are convening a series of hearings to highlight criticism of the regulations, a pillar of the first lady’s initiative to curb childhood obesity in the United States.

UC Davis Study Identifies Tools, Strategies for Enhancing Obesity Prevention in Rural Communities
PRWeb, 07.07.15
Researchers at UC Davis have reviewed a successful telemedicine intervention against pediatric obesity to better understand what worked (or didn’t) and how similar programs can be improved.

Engineering student combines gaming, Fitbit tech to address childhood obesity
ASU News, 07.06.15
A self-proclaimed hippie from Boulder, Colorado, ASU student Courtney Van Bussum is a locavore and at her happiest when hiking, perusing farmers markets, or practicing and teaching yoga as a certified yoga instructor. “The general consensus in Boulder, Colorado, is that if you aren’t outside hiking or inside doing yoga, you’re probably doing something wrong,” said Van Bussum who will be a junior in the fall, majoring in biomedical engineering at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering within Barrett, The Honors College.

For low-income kids, meals aplenty this summer
USA Today, 06.25.15
WASHINGTON — A chorus of "thank yous" filled the room as each child reached for his or her packaged meal. Breakfast at the Barry Farm Recreation Center was served: A nectarine, a muffin and a carton of milk for each kid.

Schools ask for more flexibility in school lunch regs
The Hill, 06.24.15
School districts were back before lawmakers Wednesday to ask for more flexibility in the first lady’s prized healthy school lunch regulations, which they say have made school lunches unappealing. Though the regulations are well-intended, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), chair of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, said states and schools are struggling.

If current trends hold, childhood obesity will hit 70 million by 2025, warns UN health agency
UN News Centre, 06.22.15
22 June 2015 – Childhood obesity does not arise from lifestyle choices made by the child, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, stressing that the huge problem, especially in developing countries on the marketing of sugar-rich non-alcoholic beverages, ultra-processed, energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods.

More Than Two Thirds of Americans Are Overweight or Obese
Time, 06.22.15
Most Americans are overweight, according to a new study looking at overweight and obesity rates in the United States. In a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis studied data from 2007 to 2012 of a nationally representative group of 15,208 people ages 25 or older.

F.D.A. Commissioner Leaving After Six Years of Breakneck Changes
The New York Times, 02.05.15
Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, who led the agency for nearly six years through a period of rapid change in medical science, announced Thursday that she was stepping down.

Foundation throws $1B into fight against child obesity
Politico Pro, 02.05.15
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is doubling its financial commitment to combat the childhood obesity epidemic, bringing a total of $1 billion to the fight. The foundation — the largest nonprofit dedicated to health in the U.S. — will announce a new $500 million pledge at an event with first lady Michelle Obama at a high school in New York City Thursday afternoon. The commitment follows a $500 million pledge the group made in 2007 that aimed to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.

Light Jogging May Be The Key To Long Life, Study Finds
The Huffington Post, 02.03.15
Although there are no sure-fire prescriptions for long life, exercise has often been touted as the key to good health for both young and old. But a new Danish study has discovered that too much physical activity actually does more harm than good. Instead, researchers found that light jogging is best when it comes to longevity.

Researchers Say When You Eat Each Day May Be Crucial to Weight Loss
Wall Street Journal, 02.02.15
Most diet advice focuses on calories and nutrients, but new research suggests that when you eat may be just as important. That’s one conclusion of a new study by Dr. Satchidananda Panda, an associate professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, in La Jolla, Calif. Mice that were forced to limit how many hours they ate were thinner than mice that chowed down whenever they wanted, Dr. Panda’s team found. This was true no matter what kind of unhealthy diet the mice ate.

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