Newsletter Review Headline on Obesity Research and Prevention
by Paul Boisvert, PhD
in collaboration with the Canadian Obesity Network  (CON)  and The Research Chair in Obesity from Université Laval
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Why is the whole world getting fatter?: Great visual graph about obesity progression since 1980 Feb 4
Why is the whole world getting fatter? At least the United States is not alone in getting fatter — the entire world is gaining weight, too, according to a massive world weight project published yesterday

Etiology – Determinants                   

Moms work longer, kids get chubbier
Feb 04, 2011
Child’s body mass index rises slightly the more time moms spend at work: study

Obesity epidemic risks heart disease « tsunami » Feb 10, 2011
More than half a billion people, or one in 10 adults worldwide, are obese — more than double the number in 1980 — as the obesity epidemic spills over from wealthy into poorer nations, researchers said on Thursday. And while rich nations made big strides in cutting rates of high cholesterol and hypertension, or high blood pressure, the overall number of people with high blood pressure rose from 600 million in 1980 to nearly 1 billion in 2008, fuelled by an aging and expanding global population.

It Will Take More Than Information To Change Behaviour Feb 10, 2011
How effective are education campaigns on eating healthier and what are the key challenges in effecting actual behaviour change? This question is addressed in a very readible treatise by Jeanne Goldberg and Sarah Sliwa from Tufts University, Boston, MA, published this month in the

The Science Behind Health At Every Size (HAES) Feb 08, 2011
I have gone on record with a previous post asking the question whether or not advising ALL patients to lose weight may in fact be unethical.

Food Science: Engineering Foods For Satiety Feb 07, 2011
If you want to lose weight, you need to eat less. On some diet plans, it’s just plain less food. On others, it’s less of certain foods. But inevitably, something about dietary intake has got to give. The basic problem with eating ‘less’ has to do with the obvious issue: less than what? In general, the answer comes down to: less than you want!

General Practice Trainees Remain Unenthusiastic About Managing Obesity Feb 03, 2011
Given the staggering prevalence of overweight and obesity in most developed countries, there is no other hope than to have general practitioners (and their allied health colleagues) take on the considerable burden of managing obesity in their practices.

Policy – Prevention                           
Food Industry Labeling Plan: Another Dumb ‘Smart Choice’? Jan 24, 2011
The food industry announced it would use a series of symbols on the front of food packages to inform consumers about the nutrition quality of its products. The announcement was made by two large industry trade groups, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers of America.

 Physical Activity-                              
Canadian Health Measures Survey: Physical activity of youth and adults Jan 19, 2011
New international and proposed Canadian guidelines recommend that to obtain substantial health benefits, adults should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a week. According to new data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS), 15% of Canadian adults attain this level of activity.The guidelines also suggest that young people aged 5 to 17 should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. CHMS data indicated that 7% of young people attain this level of activity.

 Behaviour – Consumption                   
Pop bottles up to 591 mL will display the TOTAL calories: All Clear On Calories? Feb 09, 2011
Canada’s beverage industry announced that they will soon be prominently displaying exactly how many calories are in their products. Not only will calorie labels be clear and identical on the front of all cans and bottles of drinks, juice, and pop but calories will also be prominently displayed on vending machine and on fountain dispensers controlled by the beverage industry.

Obesity Linked To Income, Education; Not Sprawl  Feb 08, 2011
Obesity is more prevalent in areas with lower educational attainment and certain ethnic profiles than in areas of suburban sprawl, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Industry -Marketing–                                        
The “High” Risk of Energy Drinks Jan 25, 2011
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement on November 17, 2010, that caffeine is an unsafe food additive to alcoholic beverages will effectively make several “premixed” alcoholic energy drinks prohibited for sale in the United States.

Eat less,’ U.S. says as fast-food chains super-size their offerings Feb 02, 2011
While the Agriculture Department advises restraint, restaurants are adding menu items loaded with more calories, sodium and fat. How about a footlong burger or a burrito stuffed with beef, cheese sauce and Fritos?

Nutrition Keys Front-of-Pack Labeling System Feb 07, 2011
In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama asked industry to develop a front-of-pack labeling system that could be widely adopted on food packages and that would help busy consumers – especially parents – make informed decisions when they shop. In response, America’s food and beverage manufacturers and retailers have joined forces to develop and implement the Nutrition Keys initiative, an unprecedented voluntary front-of-pack nutrition labeling system that will provide nutrition information on the front of food and beverage packages, including calories and three “nutrients to limit.”

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Dr Paul Boisvert, PhD
Exercise Physiologist (PhD), Kinesiologist, Nutrition specialist, Weight loss expert, Communication (Analyst reporter), Coordinator CIHR Obesity Research Chair at Universite Laval
Mission :Inform people about food, physical activity and weight management so they I can help them to make better choice in terms of healthier lifestyle habits.
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