Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (7-3-09)
Another holiday weekend, another beef recall. So far, 12 people have been hospitalized, two with kidney failure because of a possible E. coli outbreak. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
E. coli Warning: 380,000 pounds of beef recalled
Just before Memorial Day weekend, there was this ground beef recall because the meat was contaminated with E. coli. Now, 380,000 pounds of various beef products are being recalled because of another possible E. coli outbreak.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says at least 23 people in nine states may have gotten sick after eating beef produced by JBS Swift Beef Company of Greeley, Colorado. And at least 12 people have been hospitalized, two of them with kidney failure. Health officials investigating the E. coli illnesses say most people who got sick ate ground beef, and many said it was undercooked. You can find more information about the recall here.
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- FatFighterTV | Work + Money – Fri, Jul 3, 2009 3:34 AM EDT
Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (7-3-09)
Obesity rates are still going up, up, up! A new report finds the number of obese adults has increased in 23 states and did not go down in any states in the past year. In other words, we are fatter now than we were a year ago.
The report - F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009 - comes from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It shows Mississippi has the highest rate of adult obesity at 32.5 percent - the fifth year in a row the state has topped the list. Colorado has the lowest rate of obese adults - 18.9 percent.
F as in Fat: Quick Stats
- Two-thirds of American adults are either obese or overweight.
- In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent.
- In 1980, the national average for adult obesity was 15 percent.
State-by-State: Adult Obesity
1. Mississippi (32.5%)
2. Alabama (31.2%)
3. West Virginia (31.1%)
4. Tennessee (30.2%)
5. South Carolina (29.7%)
6. Oklahoma (29.5%)
7. Kentucky (29.0%)
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OK, all you nibblers - it's time to test your snacking smarts. A few questions… When do most people snack? What are the most popular munchies? The ones hardest to resist?
Consumer Reports' ShopSmart magazine surveyed 1,000 women about their snacking habits. So grab a quick healthy bite and check out the results:
ShopSmart's Snacking Survey
3% snack before breakfast
43% eat something between breakfast and lunch
74% snack between lunch and dinner
45% grab a bite after dinner
25% nosh before bedtime
23% munch in the middle of the night
53% of women say snacking has kept them from gaining weight
24% say it has helped them with their diet
54% of women who snack buy portion-controlled treats
33% use plastic bags to control portion sizes
94% said they munch even when they are not hungry
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- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Fri, Jun 26, 2009 5:58 AM EDT
Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (6-26-09)
More food recalls are making news this week, including one for Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
Nestle Toll House cookie dough recalled, may be contaminated with E. coli
Last month, it was ground beef. Just before that, it was peanut products. Now it's cookie dough. Another recall because some food may make us sick. Nestle has voluntarily recalled its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products after a warning from the Food and Drug Administration that they might be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The FDA warns not to eat any varieties of the prepackaged cookie dough. If you have any questions, call Nestle consumer services at 1-800-559-5025 and/or visit their website, verybestbaking.com.
New website helps employers fight obesity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just launched LEANWorks! - a website designed to help businesses fight obesity. LEAN stands for
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Fri, Jun 19, 2009 5:03 AM EDT
Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (6-19-09)
Do you eat raw fish? If you do, be careful - new research shows the number of people getting tapeworm from eating raw or uncooked seafood is growing. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
Tapeworm cases from eating raw fish way up
All I can say is ewwwww! It's still rare, but a new study shows tapeworm infestations from eating raw salmon tripled from an average of 0.32 cases per 100,000 people each year in Kyoto, Japan, to at least 1 in 100,000 people in 2008. The worm has apparently spread as more people eat sushi and undercooked fish around the world, including the U.S. Did I already say ewwwww???
Signs of heart disease in obese young children
Here's more proof of how the obesity epidemic is hurting our kids. New research shows obese children as young as seven have high levels - up to 10 times the normal amount - of compounds linked to heart disease and heart attacks. Other studies have shown signs of heart disease in
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Fri, Jun 12, 2009 5:39 AM EDT
Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (6-12-09)
You may soon know how many calories are in the food you order at a restaurant. The nation's biggest chains say they're ready to show you the numbers. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
Restaurant chains could soon reveal calories
Counting calories may soon become easier to do at restaurants. Chains have now agreed to support legislation that would require them to post calories on their menus. Restaurants with 20 or more locations would have to list the number of calories in each item. And if someone asks, they would also have to show them other nutritional information like the amount of sugar, salt or cholesterol in the food. Congress is expected to discuss the menu labeling law during the next few weeks.
Lack of sleep can make you fat
Not getting enough sleep can make you more than tired and cranky. New research shows lack of Zzz's can lead to weight gain or make you have more total body fat. Other research has shown
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Fri, Jun 5, 2009 6:20 AM EDT
You may be holding off on buying some items in this tough economy, but are there other things - maybe treats of sort - that you still buy for yourself? A new report shows some of the products flying off store shelves during this recession, including:
- Chocolate (Profits at Hershey Co. are up 20 percent)
- Wine, but people are buying cheaper vintages
- Vegetable seeds (Sales of seeds like green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and lettuce went up 30 percent)
- Spam, Dinty Moore stew, chili (Hormel Foods Corp. had a six percent increase in its grocery products unit)
- Macaroni and cheese (Kraft Foods Inc. had double-digit growth in macaroni and cheese dinners)
- Running shoes
- Bicycle helmets
Slow economy doesn't stop sweet tooth
Are you eating comfort foods in these tough economic times?
Is the bad economy making us fat?
I'm definitely contributing to the up sales in chocolate, but I'm not buying more now than I usually do - I just always buy chocolate. :)
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- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Fri, Jun 5, 2009 6:00 AM EDT
Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (6-5-09)
More processed food makers load up their products with fiber. But does simply adding fiber make foods like sugary cereals healthy? FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
Kellogg to add fiber to kid cereals
By the end of 2010, about 80 percent of Kellogg cereals, including kid favorites like Froot Loops and Apple Jacks, will have at least three grams of fiber per serving, according to an article in USA Today. Of course, fiber is good for us and many Americans don't get nearly enough. But critics say adding fiber alone won't make a product healthier. I say, read the label on the back to know all the ingredients you're getting.
New obesity surgery goes through the mouth
Instead of making cuts in the abdomen, a new kind of obesity surgery uses a tube as thick as a garden hose to go down patients' throats to snap staples into the stomach. It's an experimental, scar-free procedure that makes a narrow passage to slow food as it
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Fri, May 29, 2009 5:47 AM EDT
Read More »from America's fittest cities: How does your city stack up?
How fit is your city? A new report from the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) American Fitness Index (AFI) looked at the 50 largest metro areas and ranked them based on health and community fitness. Number one on the list? The Washington D.C. metro area, which includes Arlington and Alexandria. Here's the entire list:
1. Washington, D.C.
2. Minneapolis-St. Paul
5. San Francisco
7. Portland, Ore.
8. San Diego
10. Virginia Beach
11. Hartford, Conn.
13. San Jose
18. Buffalo, NY
20. Raleigh, NC
21. Kansas City, MO/KS
22. New York City
29. Columbus, OH
30. Los Angeles
33. St. Louis
39. San Antonio
40. Riverside, CA
42. Las Vegas
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Fri, May 29, 2009 5:15 AM EDT
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Are you carrying too much weight while you're pregnant? New guidelines just came out for obese moms-to-be. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
New guidelines stress less weight gain for obese pregnant women
If you're obese when you're pregnant, you really have to watch that scale. New guidelines from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council say obese moms-to-be should limit their weight gain during pregnancy to between 11 and 20 pounds, both for their health and for the health of their baby. That's about half of what is recommended for normal-weight pregnant women, and shows the concern over the growing number of obese expectant mothers in the United States. It's the first time the guidelines have been updated since 1990.
Burger King adds 3 new "Positive Steps" kids' meals
As part of its BK Positive Steps program, Burger King has added three Kids Meals that are lower in calories, fat, and sodium.