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Taco Bell Ditching Kids&#39; Meals
 Taco Bell Ditching Kids' Meals 

Taco Bell Ditching Kids' Meals

It's a national fast-food first

(Newser) - Taco Bell is making a run from the kids' meals side of the fast-food business, and by next year will be the first national chain to ditch the food-and-toy offerings. The impact on sales will be "insignificant," says CEO Greg Creed, and USA Today puts the figure at...

This Girl, 9, Scolded McDonald&#39;s CEO
 This Girl, 9, Scolded 
 McDonald's CEO 

This Girl, 9, Scolded McDonald's CEO

'Don't you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long and healthy life?'

(Newser) - Nine-year-old Hannah Robertson knows it's important to eat her fruits and veggies (more so than most; this is her mom ), but she thought Don Thompson ought to know, too. Thompson just so happens to be the CEO of McDonald's, and Robertson addressed him at the fast-food giant'...

Coke to Stop Pushing Kids to Drink ... Coke

New policy applies to entire planet

(Newser) - Coca-Cola is on a global mission to reform its rep as a contributor to the obesity epidemic: The company today announced it will stop marketing to children under 12 anywhere on the planet, put calorie counts on the front of all its packaging, and offer diet drinks in every market...

30K Flock to White House Egg Roll

Event features celebrities, corporate sponsors

(Newser) - The Obamas welcomed thousands of people to the South Lawn today for the White House's annual Easter egg roll, standing alongside the Easter Bunny and such less-heralded mascots as Colby Carrot and Eric Eggplant, USA Today reports. Messrs. Carrot and Eggplant, of course, were there to help in Michelle...

11% of American Calories From Fast Food

US children consuming fewer calories, too

(Newser) - The average American gets 11% of his or her calories from fast food—and, believe it or not, that's relatively good news, reports the AP . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed 11,000 adults from 2007 to 2010, asking what they ate over the previous 24 hours,...

No More Sodas for Food Stamps
 No More Sodas 
 for Food Stamps 
mark bittman

No More Sodas for Food Stamps

Government is subsidizing obesity: Mark Bittman

(Newser) - It's time to stop letting people buy soda and other sugary garbage with food stamps, writes Mark Bittman in the New York Times . At the same time, the government can encourage healthier food choices by increasing the value of the stamps when used to buy fruits and veggies. The...

Childhood Obesity Drops in US Cities

Experts stunned, see a big shift in fight against epidemic

(Newser) - For the first time in decades, a number of US cities are reporting a decline in childhood obesity rates—an unexpected shift that had researchers checking and re-checking their data. Big cities have seen dips: Between 2007 and 2011, the rate fell 5.5% in New York, 5% in Philadelphia,...

Students Plan Strike Over Smaller Lunch Sizes

'Why should I have to suffer if I'm not obese?' wonders one

(Newser) - Parsippany Hills High School has found a way to get its students to come together and really focus on an issue: Downsize their lunch. Students at the New Jersey high school are holding strategy sessions and considering a lunch strike over the newly smaller portions, which were implemented thanks to...

Strict School Snack Laws Linked to Slimmer Kids
Strict School Snack Laws Linked to Slimmer Kids
study says

Strict School Snack Laws Linked to Slimmer Kids

Kids gained less weight in states with tough laws: study

(Newser) - Kids probably hate state laws that regulate sales of candy, snacks, and sugary drinks in public schools, but those types of laws appear to work: Adolescents living in such states gained less weight over three years than those in states with no snack laws or weaker ones, a new study...

Our Kids Just Get 'Dumber, Fatter' Each Summer

But Peter Orszag has some ideas on how to remedy the situation

(Newser) - Ahh, those halcyon days of summer … from which our children emerge "dumber and fatter," writes Peter Orszag on Bloomberg . Come fall, the average child is at least one month behind where they were academically before going on break, and they've also most likely put on weight...

Disney Dumping Junk Food Ads

Advertisers will have to meet minimum standards

(Newser) - Disney has decided it's time for Mickey and friends to stop getting fat on junk food dollars. The company says it is phasing out ads and sponsorship for unhealthy food and drinks on its TV channels, radio stations, and websites. It will require products to meet minimum nutritional standards...

C-Section Births Tied to Obesity
 C-Section Births 
 Tied to Obesity 

new study

C-Section Births Tied to Obesity

Researchers suspect link relates to bacteria exposure

(Newser) - Caesarian sections are on the rise in the United States, but a new study out yesterday indicates that the surgical birth method may have an unexpected consequence. It found that babies born by C-section are twice as likely to be obese by age three, reports the Washington Post . Researchers reviewing...

Mom Who Put 7-Year-Old on Diet Scores Book Deal

Dara-Lynn Weiss' controversial 'Vogue' article leads to memoir

(Newser) - Dara-Lynn Weiss' Vogue article about putting her clinically obese 7-year-old daughter on a diet wasn’t exactly met with a warm reception —nonetheless, it's landed Weiss a book deal. Random House's Ballantine imprint will publish her memoir about the experience, tentatively titled The Heavy, Mediabistro reports. It...

Mom's Article About Obese Kid's Diet Sparks Fury

Backlash after Dara-Lynn Weiss writes in 'Vogue'

(Newser) - When Dara-Lynn Weiss wrote in Vogue about her yearlong struggle to help her clinically obese 7-year-old daughter lose 16 pounds, she probably wasn't expecting quite the level of backlash that has ensued. Yahoo has highlights from Weiss's article, including her admission that she herself has struggled with eating...

Disney Shuts Obesity Exhibit Because It Insults Fat Kids

Critics complain about 'Habit Heroes' Epcot attraction

(Newser) - Disney World, that purveyor of churros, cotton candy, and ice cream bars shaped like Mickey Mouse's head, recently installed a childhood obesity exhibit at Epcot, and critics quickly blasted the theme park … for stigmatizing overweight children. "We're appalled to learn that Disney, a traditional hallmark of...

Kids Who Dislike Mom Twice as Likely to Become Obese
Kids Who Hate Mom Twice
as Likely to Become Obese
study says

Kids Who Hate Mom Twice as Likely to Become Obese

Toddlers with poor relationships with mom may suffer in terms of health

(Newser) - Most parents have gotten an "I hate you!" tossed their way. But if your toddler really seems to mean it, Mom, you may want to figure out how to improve the relationship. A study set to be published next month found that toddlers who were ranked as having...

Burger King Gets Around 'Happy Meal Ban,' Too

Will charge extra for toys, like McDonald's

(Newser) - Burger King is taking a page from the McDonald's handbook : In order to "comply" with San Francisco's so-called "Happy Meal ban," the fast food chain will stop giving away toys in its kids' meals … but it will offer them for purchase for just 10...

McDonald's Sidesteps SF Happy Meal Ban

Toys to be sold as an extra

(Newser) - San Francisco's Happy Meal ban kicks in tomorrow, but McDonald's has found a very simple way to dodge it. The law bans restaurants from including a toy with a meal if that meal doesn't comply with the city's nutritional guidelines. So McDonald's is selling Happy...

Ohio Boy, 8, Taken From Mom Because He's Obese

Third-grader weighs more than 200 pounds

(Newser) - Last month, an 8-year-old Ohio boy was removed from his family home and placed in foster care—not because of physical abuse, but because the third-grader weighed more than 200 pounds. County case workers argued that the boy’s mother was engaging in medical neglect by not getting his weight...

Congress Declares Pizza a Vegetable

In school lunches, at least

(Newser) - Thanks to Congress, pizza is still considered a vegetable—at least where school lunches are concerned. Proposed new school lunch standards from the USDA would have limited potatoes in school lunches (think French fries) and stopped counting less than a half-cup of tomato sauce as a vegetable (think pizza), but...

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