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October 7, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Superstar athletes Peyton Manning, LeBron James and Serena Williams led their colleagues with endorsements of food and beverages that are calorie-dense and unhealthful - sending mixed messages about diet and health, researchers said. Of 512 brands endorsed by 100 top athletes, nearly a quarter of them (122) were for food and beverages - 44 different brands in 2010, the year studied by researchers from Yale, Stanford, Duke and Harvard universities. (Some brands appeared more than once on the list.)
September 20, 2013 | Alene Dawson
There's something about fall - with its back-to-school, new-start feeling - that compels many of us to revisit our plans to diet, and sometimes those plans involve fads. Even celebrities who can afford the best personal trainers, nutritionists, doctors, therapists and private chefs are susceptible to diet gimmicks. And when "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence says that by Hollywood standards she's "obese," something's wrong. "Women across America are weight-crazed, but women in L.A. are probably more so," says Paulette Lambert, director of nutrition at the California Health & Longevity Institute, a medical and fitness center in Westlake Village.
July 20, 2013 | By Matea Gold and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Shortly after she launched her signature anti-obesity initiative more than three years ago, Michelle Obama signaled she would take on a contentious issue: advertising for snacks, soft drinks, sugary cereals and fast food aimed at children. She denounced ads that use cartoon characters to push junk food. She bluntly told executives "to step it up" to improve the foods they market to children. And she promoted a White House "action plan" on obesity that praised a federal effort to come up with voluntary marketing guidelines - the most significant attempt in decades to limit ads targeting children.
June 11, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
More than three-quarters of the nation's public elementary schools face no state or district limits on the sale of sugary drinks, candy or salty snacks, according to a survey. Children eat at least a third of their meals at school, and spend many waking hours there, the researchers noted in their study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Pediatrics. At a time when about a third of children are overweight or obese, the researchers noted, those laws and regulations that do exist are meant to reduce children's access to junk food.
May 7, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu and Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Proposed legislation to remove junk food and sugar-loaded drinks from vending machines at California state office buildings and on government property is intensifying debate about when the battle against obesity becomes a gateway to "nanny state" tactics. Backers of the Assembly bill, AB 459, said California shouldn't condone the sale of fatty snacks and sodas in the workplace when taxpayers are already shelling out vast amounts to cover the healthcare costs of overweight government employees.
December 29, 2012 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
This is the year you will resolve to ditch the diets, the "all or nothing" mentality and the "no-pain, no-gain" fitness goals. This is the year you will resolve to use common sense to eat less junk food, move more - and have fun doing it. Remember what it was like when you were a kid and you thought nothing of playing tag for hours on end? That spirit still lives. You just need to wake it up. Maybe with a high-energy hula hoop workout or Shaun T's "Hip Hop Abs," done in the privacy of your own home.
December 15, 2012 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
At Mark Twain Middle School in Los Angeles, a blooming garden serves as a classroom. Students learn math by measuring the growth of wheat, ancient history by building a Mesopotamian-style irrigation system and the science of evaporation, evolution and genetics by watching their garden grow. At lunchtime, they may be found snacking on pasta tossed in a sauce featuring just-picked tomatoes and basil. Aiming to expand such links between classroom and cafeteria, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted this week to further strengthen what is regarded as one of the leading school nutrition programs in the nation.
December 11, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan
Want to get people to eat more salad and less junk food? Make vegetables cheaper and soda more expensive. It's not exactly a new idea, but a study out Tuesday offers some fresh support for those in favor of using sin taxes and subsidies to steer people toward a more healthful diet. The study , published online by PLoS Medicine, is a meta-analysis of 32 other studies that use statistical modeling to gauge the impact of various tax and subsidy policies. Overall, it found that consumers buy less of something when the price goes up and they buy more of it when the price goes down.
November 16, 2012 | By Karin Klein
With Hostess -- the maker of Tinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread and the iconic cupcakes with creamy filling hinted at by the loops of white on their chocolate-frosting tops -- announcing plans to close its operations, comes the shocker that not only will future generations probably be unfamiliar with the so-called Twinkie defense, they probably won't even know what a Twinkie is. That's OK. Not because the Twinkie represents the ultimate in...
October 16, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This issue has inhibited Dwight Howard from trying to play before he completely rehabs his back. It's compelled Kobe Bryant to suddenly rid himself of junk food. It's reminded Lakers Coach Mike Brown that his thirst for more practice time and comprehensive film sessions aren't always a good thing. See, the Lakers have plenty of talent and experience to carry them to an NBA championship. They have elite scoring (Bryant), elite passing (Steve Nash), elite frontcourt production (Howard, Pau Gasol)
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