Tag: Center for Science in the Public Interest

Got junk food? Peyton Manning, LeBron James and other star athletes criticized for promoting sugary drinks & questionable edibles

Peyton Manning might be off to a great season on the field, but a study of junk food endorsements by top athletes sacked Manning, among others, for pushing fast food and sugary drinks to the kids who idolize them. Manning, according to the study, receives millions to promote fast food and a sugar-laden beverage that’s marketed as a sports drink, but critics say is better viewed as a contributor to obesity.

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This sounds a lot like deep fried death

Reading Scientific American this week, I became transfixed with a little graphic the editors included at the back of the magazine.
It showed how the number of Americans who are seriously overweight has doubled over the past 30 years. Thirty four percent of Americans are now considered obese (meaning they have a body mass index over 30), compared with 15 percent who met that criteria in 1980.

The number of Americans who are overweight (with a BMI of 25 to 30) has remained almost steady; but that still means that the overweight and the obese together now comprise a hefty 68 percent of the population.

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Throwaway toys come under fire — actually they’re already on fire

If you’ve ever taken a pre-schooler out to eat, you’ll know that toys are a powerful lure. We adults consider appetizers, drinks, entrees, pricing, calories and ambiance, evaluating a matrix that leads us to lunch.
But five-year-olds are at the mercy of their bellies, and the pull of shiny baubles. A five-year-old wants food and treats.

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