Category Archives: Policy

Obesity Is A Major Environmental Threat, Study Says

This is worth posting for the picture alone:

The world population is now approaching 8 billion, all of whom need to eat. However, how much someone eats varies of course, depending to a large degree on mass. New research just published in the journal BMC Public Health “has estimated the total mass of the human population, defined its distribution by region, and the proportion of this biomass due to the overweight and obesity.”

Up to half of all the food an individual eats is used for physical activity, increased mass means an individual needs increased calories in order to move the heavier body around. Even at rest, larger bodies use more energy.

The research was done by using data from the World Health Organization and the United Nations. The researchers estimated that the adult human population weighs around 287 million tons, 15 million tons of which is people being overweight, and 3.5 million tons are due to obesity. Continue reading

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Madison grocer has plan to serve ‘food desert’

For some residents in Madison’s Allied Drive neighborhood, buying groceries at a gas station or drug store is their most likely option.

Categorized as a “food desert” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its limited access to grocery stores and low-income residents, the neighborhood on the city’s Southwest Side has been without a supermarket within walking distance since a Cub Foods on Verona Road closed in 2009.

But one of Downtown Madison’s newest grocers is looking to solve that problem with an idea to bring affordable produce to under-served neighborhoods: a grocery store on wheels called the Freshmobile. Continue reading

Most U.S. adults favor calorie labeling

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) — Seventy-seven percent of U.S. adults said they want calorie labeling for hot dogs, pizza slices and burritos sold at convenience stores, a survey indicates.

The survey, released by the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, indicated 81 percent favor having supermarkets provide calorie information for their prepared restaurant-type foods, such as rotisserie chicken, sandwiches and soups.

In addition, 70 percent of U.S. adults favor having movie theaters list calories on menu boards and 68 percent favor having chain restaurants list calories for alcoholic beverages, the survey found. Continue reading