Historically, doctors have either neglected the topic of weight management or wagged an admonishing finger. That admonishing finger is useless at best. At worst, it is overtly harmful. Studies have shown that especially among younger women exposure to anti-obesity bias actually fosters unhealthy eating habits in the short term.
Brazilian health officials have designed new guidelines to help protect the population against under-nutrition, especially children, which is already declining in their country, and also to prevent the health consequences of overweight and obesity, which are sharply on the rise. The guidelines are remarkable in that they are based on foods that Brazilians of all social classes eat every day, and that they consider the social, cultural, economic, and environmental implications of food choices.
This February marks the 50th anniversary of American Heart Health Month. Heart disease is the number one killer among all diseases in America. Fortunately, following a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle can make a big difference in the prevention and treatment of heart disease.
When you think about what it takes to raise healthy kids, good nutrition often comes first to mind. But there are many other aspects of parenting that can improve the chances of children to grow up as healthy as they can be. In fact, parenting has a huge impact on the choices kids will make on behalf of their well-being. Here are six practices parents can apply to help their children develop a health-promoting mindset, now and for many years to come.
Slow cookers make it a cinch to prepare wholesome, diet- and budget-friendly home-cooked meals. Unfortunately, many older slow cooker recipes call for fatty cuts of meat, cream-based soups, and lots of starchy carbs – not good for those looking to keep their weight (and cholesterol and blood sugar levels) in check. Here are five easy ways to help you make healthier slow-cooked meals with diet-friendly recipes.
BPA, or bisphenol A, a chemical used in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, has come under scrutiny for potentially harmful health effects. Small amounts of BPA leach from containers into the foods and beverages they hold, especially when those contents are acidic, high in fat, or heated. Concern about BPA lies in its potential action as an endocrine disruptor, a category of chemicals that can alter normal hormone-dependent physiology.