The food industry spends over $1.6 billion dollars each year to market products to young people. This is a major concern in the U.S., as the majority of these products are for foods that are high in calories, fat, sugar and/or sodium. Food marketing has been connected to unhealthy diets and obesity.
(From The Weight of the Nation)
In 2006, Terry Huang, a researcher at the National Institutes of Health, proposed a completely new approach to combating childhood obesity: Architecture. VMDO Architects, in collaboration with the University of Virginia and University of Nebraska, redesigned a 1950s-era elementary school in rural Virginia to encourage healthy eating and physical activity among all students.
The space on cereal shelves is serious real estate. Colorful boxes of sugary cereal are placed directly at your children’s eye level. This video shows how cereal companies have turned the cereal aisle into prime advertising space to reach children.
Learn more at www.cerealfacts.org/
PHILADELPHIA — After decades of rising childhood obesity rates, several American cities are reporting their first declines.
The trend has emerged in big cities like New York and Los Angeles, as well as smaller places like Anchorage, Alaska, and Kearney, Neb. The state of Mississippi has also registered a drop, but only among white students.
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(From The New York Times)
(From The Global Post)
Sugar Is Killing Us is the title of this little film and presents information regarding the devastating effects too much sugar has on our bodies in a very cute way.