Criteria bring more people under weight-loss guidelines | Few Medicare beneficiaries get free obesity counseling | Experts want more action on obesity, diet-related health
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November 17, 2014
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Criteria bring more people under weight-loss guidelines
Expanded criteria in 2013 weight-loss guidelines mean 140 million Americans fall under recommendations for behavioral treatment, 116 million may be eligible for drug therapy and 32 million could be candidates for bariatric surgery, according to a study from guidelines co-author Dr. June Stevens and colleagues at the University of North Carolina. Stevens said the research, presented at Obesity Week, shows a need for public-health solutions to weight loss. Medscape (free registration) (11/14)
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Dietary Health
Few Medicare beneficiaries get free obesity counseling
About 30% of Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for free obesity-related counseling but only 1% have taken advantage of it, which registered dietitian Bonnie Modugno says is a "lost opportunity." The Medicare rule excludes RDs and other nutrition and obesity experts from providing the counseling. USA Today/Kaiser Health News (11/15)
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Experts want more action on obesity, diet-related health
Health organizations and experts sent a letter to the World Health Organization and the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization calling for regulations on the marketing and content of food, and greater commitment from the food and beverage industry to improve diet-related health. The letter was issued in advance of this week's Second International Conference on Nutrition. FoodNavigator (11/17)
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Science & Research
Study links high-fiber diet to better health outcomes
University of Massachusetts researchers said counseling patients with metabolic syndrome on adopting a high-fiber diet may lead to better outcomes, such as weight loss and reductions in the consumption of sugars, fat, sodium and cholesterol. The study was presented at Obesity Week. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (11/14)
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Researchers: More U.S. children engage in unhealthy snacking
Researchers at the University of Minnesota say children snack more often than they did in the 1970s, with 97% now consuming a snack once daily and about half of those eating two snacks or more each day. Data also indicate that children 2 to 5 eat 12 teaspoons of sugar daily, while those 6 to 11 consume about 18 teaspoons per day. The findings appear in the journal Nutrients. Pharmacy Times online (11/15)
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Energy drinks pose threat to young children, study says
An analysis of calls to U.S. poison-control centers between October 2010 and September 2013 says more than half of reports associated with energy drinks were for children younger than 6 who accidentally drank one of the beverages. Data also showed that nearly a third of children exhibited serious symptoms -- such as tremors, nausea and erratic heart rhythms -- that required medical attention. The findings were presented at the American Heart Association meeting. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/16)
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Group treadmill classes can give old workout new energy
Fitness centers offer group treadmill classes that vary in intensity and include strength training in an effort to add new energy to an old workout. While treadmills are popular cardio-exercise machines, exercise physiologist Tom Holland says many people see running on one as a drudgery. Reuters (11/17)
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Institutional Foodservice
Report cites need for kitchen equipment, training in Calif.
Schools in California need cafeteria equipment and additional training for nutrition professionals, according to a report by The Pew Charitable Trusts, The California Endowment and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The survey says federal nutrition standards have increased the need for items such as industrial-size steam kettles, walk-in refrigerators and freezers, slicers, knives and cutting boards. EdSource (11/13)
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Recipe of the Day
Roasted delicata squash
Learn how to prepare this squash and get the recipe for a cinnamon roasted version. Meal Makeover Moms
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Food For Thought
Dietary counseling that encourages patients to increase their intake of healthier foods may result in displacement of unhealthy foods."
-- Researcher Sherry Pagoto, as quoted by Healio
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