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Children Are Consuming Fewer Calories, CDC Says

Children Are Consuming Fewer Calories, CDC Says

Steven Puetzer/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — While 17 percent of American children and adolescents are still obese, they are consuming fewer calories than they were a decade ago, according to a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention….

Calorie Counts: How Accurate Are They?

Calorie Counts: How Accurate Are They?

Thinkstock Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — They are supposed to help America’s obesity problem: calorie counts boldly displayed on restaurant menus across the country — important information, considering Americans now eat one-third of their meals out…

Not Just How Many Calories Kids Eat, It’s Also What They Eat

Not Just How Many Calories Kids Eat, It’s Also What They Eat

(NEW YORK) — With childhood obesity becoming a greater problem in the U.S., a new study finds that weight control is more than just a matter of counting calories.    About 32 percent of U.S. children are overweight or obese, according t…

Alcohol Calories Nearly Equal Soda’s for US Adults

Alcohol Calories Nearly Equal Soda’s for US Adults

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The holiday season is generally a time we let ourselves overdo it a bit when it comes to drinking alcohol. But did you ever wonder how many calories in your diet come from booze? You might be surprised. On a typ…

Kids Who Eat Out Consume More Calories, Study Finds

Kids Who Eat Out Consume More Calories, Study Finds

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Children and teens are consuming more calories when they eat out, according to a study released Monday by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For the study, published in the Archives of Pediatric and…

Soda Makers Plan Calorie-Counting Vending Machines

Soda Makers Plan Calorie-Counting Vending Machines

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The battle against obesity seems to have turned largely into a war on soda.  All across the nation there are calls for taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks and limitations on where they can be sold.  The most …

Fast Food Diet Participants Paid to Purposely Gain Weight

Fast Food Diet Participants Paid to Purposely Gain Weight

Thinkstock Images/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are making an unusual offer: They are paying people to add fat to their own bodies by eating an extra 1,000-calorie fast food meal each da…

McDonald’s Will Start Showing Calorie Content Next Week

McDonald’s Will Start Showing Calorie Content Next Week

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Next week, McDonald’s will become the largest fast-food chain in America to start displaying the calorie contents of its food items.The company may be doing consumers’ diet a favor, but there’s another motive: the re…

For Calories, It’s All About Quality over Quantity, Harvard Study Says

For Calories, It’s All About Quality over Quantity, Harvard Study Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — When is a calorie not just a calorie? When it comes to losing weight, according to a new study from Harvard University. The results found that the number of calories consumed is not necessarily as important as the qual…

Cool Temperatures Could Help Burn Calories, Lead to Weight Loss

Cool Temperatures Could Help Burn Calories, Lead to Weight Loss

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Cool temperatures may activate “good” fat in the body that burns calories and ultimately leads to weight loss, according to a new study published in the journal PNAS USA Early Edition.The “good fa…

Tiny Treats: America’s Favorite Desserts Seem to Be Shrinking

Tiny Treats: America’s Favorite Desserts Seem to Be Shrinking

Baked By Melissa(NEW YORK) — The icing on the cake. The cherry on the sundae. For many of us, nothing tops desserts.But something confounding is happening to our confections: Our tarts are now tiny. Our Danish is downright diminutive.And just when you…

Pepsi Next: Half the Calories, All The Taste?

Pepsi Next: Half the Calories, All The Taste?

Filephoto/ Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With soda sales fizzling, Pepsi is hoping to lure back customers with a drink that may appeal to those who want the flavor of a regular soft drink, without the high calories.At the end of March, Pepsi will lau…

High-Calorie Diet Could Lead to Memory Loss, Study Suggests

High-Calorie Diet Could Lead to Memory Loss, Study Suggests

Comstock/Thinkstock(ROCHESTER, Minn.) — Researchers suggest there may be a link between memory loss and a high-calorie diet.Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) can often be an early sign of dementia, and experts say it may help to determine who will event…

‘Downsize’ That Meal? Customers Say OK

‘Downsize’ That Meal? Customers Say OK

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) — What if fast-food chains offered consumers the option of “downsizing” a meal instead of “supersizing” it?  Would people actually opt to “downsize,” or get less food, for the s…

How Much Protein Helps with Weight Loss?

How Much Protein Helps with Weight Loss?

Creatas/Thinkstock(BATON ROUGE, La.) — It’s no secret that consuming excess calories leads to excess body fat, and new research suggests that, despite the belief that packing in a lot of protein can pack on the pounds, protein intake may actuall…

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