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Taking a deeper dive into the latest CDC obesity data

Given the intense volume of media coverage this week around the CDC’s latest report on obesity in the U.S., many in the public now know that obesity rates among children aged two to five have fallen over the last decade, a key takeaway from the report.

The media’s interpretation and coverage of that particular point has varied widely; some headlines celebrated the shift as a positive as others focused on the statistic as a lone bright spot among otherwise unchanging obesity rates. As is often the case, perusing multiple media stories – even around the same issue – can generate a feeling of “OK, what’s really going on?”

According to Simone French, Ph.D., a University of Minnesota epidemiologist and obesity prevention expert, a deeper dive into the study is critical for a thorough understanding of what the study actually tells us about obesity trends in the U.S. She points out that where some may see stalled obesity rates as a negative, the flat rates could actually be viewed as a sign of progress.

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Study: Coupons favor wallet, not our health

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Are you planning to go to the grocery store this week? If you’re like most Americans, chances are you’ll grab some coupons before heading out the door. Unfortunately, a new study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease unveiled that what you may save in money will likely cost you in nutrition.

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Family breakfast is important, too.

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It’s been said that a family dinner is important, but what about a family breakfast?

New research from the University of Minnesota has found that families who eat breakfast together may be positively influencing their teen’s food choices and weight-related health.

The latest study examined a diverse group of teens to learn about the practice of eating breakfast together as a family and connections with diet and weight status.

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Health Talk Recommends: 6 tips for an enjoyable and diabetes-healthy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year that brings together friends and family and officially kicks off the holiday season. But because the holiday primarily focuses on food enjoying Thanksgiving in a healthy way can present challenges for people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

Fortunately, the American Diabetes Association offers these helpful tips for diabetic patients who want to enjoy Thanksgiving without putting themselves in an unhealthy situation:

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Fighting Fat: the FDA proposes ban on trans fat

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Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed measures that would ban artificial trans fats from the US food industry.

The agency announced that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are no longer “generally recognized as safe,” a designation often known as a GRAS tag.

Although the use of artificial trans fats in food has drastically decreased over the years, they can still be found in a lot of popular snacks or treats like pie crusts, pizza dough, margarine, cake mixes, donuts, potato chips, frozen dinners or packaged popcorn.

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Health Talk Recommends: Average American male’s body compared to bodies of men from other nations

Average male bodies from left to right: The United States, Japan, Netherlands and France

The average American’s expanding waistline may be old news, but seeing what this really means in a line-up against four other countries is quite an eye opener.

For visual evidence, check out this visualization from artist Nickolay Lamm. In his representation, four average male bodies from four countries are put side by side. The result? America’s obesity epidemic is clearly visible. According to Lamm, the images, which recently ran in HuffingtonPost, were created in hopes of putting a mirror in front of the American people.

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