Sugar tax To help tackle obesity, the UK government is introducing a tax on high-sugar soft drinks such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Irn-Bru in April 2018 – and Jamie Oliver had been vocal in his support of the plan. This study, in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, analysed sales of sugary non-alcoholic beverages at 37 of Jamie Oliver’s national chain of restaurants after a 10p levy was introduced in September 2015. Low-sugar fruit spritzers (fruit juice mixed with water) were also added to the menu, which clearly explained why the levy was being introduced. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Customers may haveRead More →

Hilary Freeman, a London-based mom, has decided against enrolling her daughter in a certain nursery school because the assistant was obese. “The nursery assistant was clearly a lovely woman: kind and great with children. But as I watched her play with my two-year-old daughter, I felt a growing sense of unease,” Freeman penned in an essay explaining her position. PREGNANT WOMAN CLAIMS SHE WAS DENIED SERVICE BECAUSE OF BABY BUMP “[The assistant] was only in her 20s, but she was already obese—morbidly so. She moved slowly and breathlessly, her face flushed,” Freeman continued. But Freeman claims her choice to enroll her daughter in a school withRead More →

The $37 billion supplement industry is largely unregulated Some supplements (a category that includes vitamins and herbs) can be dangerous and have been linked with ER visits and death The FDA is currently recalling supplements found to be contaminated with banned drugs and bacteria New supplement companies like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop continue to advertise their products as healthy despite potential side effects, and some say they target vulnerable consumers When Pouya Jamshidi, a resident at Weill Cornell Medical College, delivered his first baby, the doctor on call told him to take the newborn away from its mother. The baby, a healthy girl with mocha-pink skin and a powerful set ofRead More →

Theres substantial evidence to demonstrate the environment we live in has direct impacts on our health, says Rebecca Hasson, an exercise physiologist and director of the Childhood Disparities Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan. When Protective Hormones Harm Debra J. Barksdale, professor and associate dean of academic programs at Virginia Commonwealth Universitys School of Nursing, has been examining stress in African-American men for three decades. Like Hasson, she cites cortisol and its role in chronic stress, stating that its like having your stressors turned on all the time. The Broken Thermostat Briana Mezuk is an associate professor in the division of epidemiology at VCURead More →