Food and beverage industries winning fight against White House

Despite Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, the White House continues to lose the battle against food and beverage industries, according to a Reuters Special Report.

Congress declared pizza a vegetable in order to save it from a nutritional overhaul of school lunch programs. Photo courtesy of Reuters.

The White House’s abandonment of their multi-agency effort to provide healthier food to children is contributing to the growing number of obese children, the Report argues. In the past two years, Congress has declared pizza a vegetable and killed a plan to reduce sugar, salt and fat in foods marketed to children.

Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics, said the special report brought up concerns similar to those mentioned in her own blog last December. If the First Lady is to make progress, people need to show their support and take the time to write to the White House, she says.

The public debate is expected to resume next month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a conference in Washington May 7-8, and a “Sugary Drinks Summit” will be held June 7-8.


Childhood obesity linked to presence of social stressors

Results from a new study published in the journal “Pediatrics” show that young children, especially girls, are at an increased risk of obesity when exposed to social stressors.

Young girls who are exposed to social stressors are at a greater risk of becoming obese by age five. Photo courtesy of Press TV.

The results showed that young girls with more than one stressor had significantly higher odds of obesity, and 17% of children were obese at age 5.

Data from more than 1,600 preschoolers was analyzed. The six stressors considered were depression in mothers, substance abuse by mothers, partner violence, unstable housing situations, lack of food and if the father was in jail.

Previous studies have been conducted that yield similar results.

Children lack sufficient outdoor activity, research shows

Almost half of preschoolers in the United States do not have one parent-supervised outdoor playtime per day, according to research published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Preschoolers are not spending enough time in outdoor daily activity. Photo courtesy of

The sample of 8,950 children represented approximately 4 million children in the United States.

Clinicians are encouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics to promote active living, which involves playing outside. Playing can be beneficial to motor development, vision, cognition, vitamin D levels and mental health.

The study concluded that efforts to increase active outdoor play should focus on children who are female and nonwhite, and outdoor play opportunities at day care are crucial for parents who work outside the home.

New York socialite forces young daughter to lose weight

In the April 2012 issue of Vogue, socialite and New York city mother Dara-Lynn Weiss shared her techniques on how she forced her 7-year-old daughter, Bea, to lose 16 pounds. The article, along with the news that Weiss has been offered a deal to turn her story into a book, has created a whirlwind of controversy and has appalled readers, bloggers and mothers alike.

Socialite Dara-Lynn Weiss forced her 7-year-old daughter Bea to lose 16 pounds and shared the story in Vogue's April edition.

Weiss’s tactics include publicly humiliating Bea by depriving her of birthday cake and even forcing Bea to skip dinner if she over-indulged in school. Bea was officially obese — 4 feet, 4 inches and 93 pounds, according to ABC’s WJLA, but after losing the weight was photographed wearing fancy designer clothes that she can now fit into.

Time Magazine’s Judith Warner calls Weiss “the newest mom-we-have-to-hate” and provides more details of Weiss’s narrative, including how Bea reacted to the restrictions and how she was rewarded after the pounds were shed.

Click here to read Susie Moloney’s defense of Weiss in a Fox News Opinions article.

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