Children in the U.S. are eating fast food more often, and despite restaurant chains' commitments to offer healthier options with kids' meals, most kids still get unhealthy drinks and side items with their meals. A new survey of 800 parents shows that in 2016, 91 percent reported purchasing lunch or dinner for their child in the past week at one of the four largest chains in the country: McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, and Subway. That number is up from 79 percent in 2010. The researchers from Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut suggest that one of the reasons families are visiting fast food restaurants more frequently is the restaurants' claims that they've replaced sugary soft drinks and greasy French fries in kids' meals with healthier options like fruit and yogurt, 100-percent juice, low-fat milk, and water. However, once families are actually in the restaurants, kids are still eating the less-healthy options, with the healthier … [Read more...] about U.S. kids eating more fast food, healthier offerings not helping
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Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post Published 6:01 am, Monday, June 11, 2018 If your household is anything like the American average, your diet generates lots of greenhouse gas emissions: roughly the same amount in a single week, a new study finds, as a drive from D.C. to Trenton. Food requires huge amounts of energy to grow. It must be transported from farms in rail cars or semi trucks. Then it is processed, packaged, stored, shelved, cooked and delivered - a complex industrial supply chain that generates an estimated 16 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study in the journal Food Policy. But consumers can make small daily changes to bring that number down, said Rebecca Boehm, a postdoctoral fellow at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut and lead author of the study. It's a simple matter of watching your budget, your "food miles" and - most important - your consumption of meat and dairy. "If people reduced … [Read more...] about The US diet is a climate disaster. A new study suggests four easy fixes.
(NEW YORK CITY) — Sweaty athletes are often seen in commercials reaching for a sports drink for rehydration or electrolyte replacement. Yet many public health organizations are warning that sports drinks are a source of empty calories, excess sugar and increased sodium in growing children. Are kids getting the message? A new study presents a mixed picture. A joint research group from Hofstra University and The Ohio State University studied national data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2010 to 2015. The results show almost 58 percent of high school teenagers report drinking a sports drink “in the past week,” which is a small increase from 56 percent in 2010. However, teenagers who reported consuming a sports drink “every day” decreased from 16 percent in 2010 to 14 percent in 2015. While more teenagers are drinking sports drinks overall, those that do are drinking them less frequently. “Given that there was modest increase in … [Read more...] about Why kids should stay away from sports drinks