5 Health News Stories We Are Thankful For
Guest Post from Diets in Review
We report on everything from the latest celebrity weight scandal to what Washington is doing to improve (or ignore) our country’s health status. Not every story is remarkable, admittedly, but some really light a fire, make us excited, and our readers, too. While we’re a full six weeks away from bidding official farewells to 2012, we thought this week was an appropriate time to remember the health stories that we think made the biggest impact this year.
Jillian Returns to Biggest Loser
Some were shocked, others expected it all along. In September, “TV’s Toughest Trainer” announced her return to the show that started it all for her. As Biggest Loser 14 returns to the air in January, Jillian Michaels will be back alongside Dolvett and Bob. “I couldn’t miss an opportunity to be a part of it,” is what she told TODAY during her announcement regarding the show’s big twist! For the first time in its history, teens will be part of the contestants, which will allow the program and the network to tackle childhood obesity in primetime.
New York CIty Bans Soda (Sort Of)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg hedges his bets where popularity contests are concerned and lost out big on this one. In September, New York City’s Board of Health passed what has been deemed a “soda ban.” Effective in March 2013, sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces will no longer be allowed to be served. There are a lot of loopholes. While you can’t buy a Super Size Coke at McDonald’s you can fill up a Double Big Gulp at 7-Eleven with the same Coke. The effort is to curb obesity-related health costs in NYC, as soda is linked as an obesity culprit.
New School Lunch Guidelines
First lady Michelle Obama has made it her mission to improve the health of American children, and for that, we love her! One of her biggest accomplishments has been pushing through updated guidelines for school lunches, for the first time in 15 years, under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The new guidelines set the first ever maximum on calories, as well as high standards for reducing saturated fat, sugar and sodium while increasing whole grains, fruits, and vegetables at every school meal.
GMO on the California Ballot
As consumers become more aware and more vocal about our food supply, it’s to be expected that we use our voices to enact real change for our health. A major step happened this year when California put GMO labeling on their November ballot. With more than 50 other countries requiring labels for genetically modified organisms in food, it stands to reason that the U.S. should get the same knowledge about its food. While the vote didn’t pass, because major brands like Monsanto, Kashi, and Naked outspent the grassroots effort, the GMO fight has lit a fire that can’t be put out.
Hostess Files Bankruptcy and Takes Twinkie Down With It
The mega-bakery announced federal bankruptcy last week, meaning iconic brands like Twinkie and Ding-Dong could very well cease to exist. While we’d never celebrate the loss of 1800+ jobs, we aren’t going to be mad at the absence of little chemical missiles sitting on store shelves. There are 37 ingredients in one of those little pastries and not a one of them is anything our bodies need. And we certainly don’t condone a Twinkie Diet like this Kansas State University professor.