Happy almost Thanksgiving! Here’s a few interesting things I’ve read recently:
With the crazy obesity rates we’re seeing in the US, studies are now showing that obese children as young as 8 years old can show signs of heart disease.
If you weren’t already fascinated by breast feeding (which, if you’re not a dietetic student, you probably aren’t) here’s some more information to get you on board. Studies are now showing that breast feeding can help decrease a mom’s risk for certain types of breast cancer, as well as diabetes, and even “reset” metabolism after pregnancy.
Maine has decided to propose a ban on the purchase of “junk food” with food stamps. I’m currently writing a paper on nutrition guidelines for SNAP and creating more strict regulations on what can be purchased is one of the proposed changes to help decrease the rates of obesity among food stamp users.
This very interesting article from the NY Times talks about the changes big companies are making to accomodate the healthier shift in eating patterns amongst Americans.
Finally, this isn’t nutrition related but I thought it was really interesting. Like I said last time, I’ve been intrigued by mental health lately, and found this article really cool. Apparently studies are now showing that meditation can help not only emotional pain, but physical pain as well.