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Syracuse University professor and author, Harriet Brown addresses our cultural obsession with weight and what led her to write the book, “Body of Truth — How Science, History and Culture Drive our Obsession with Weight and What We Can Do About It.” She says we need to 1. stop fat talking about ourselves, 2. realize that being thin does not mean one is healthy, just as being fat does not mean one is unhealthy, and 3. take our emphasis off of peoples’ appearances.
A parent’s job is to put healthy foods on their childrens’ plates. And then, says registered dietitian nutritionist Roseanne Jones, “you need to back up and let the child choose what they are going to eat.” She says if a child doesn’t want to eat something particular, don’t force it. She provides many more tips and advice for parents whose children are picky eaters.
Does midnight snacking derail weight loss efforts? A recent study in mice showed that restrictions on eating times may have something to do with avoiding obesity and metabolic problems. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin found the research intriguing and discusses the benefits of eating within a specific window of time in this HealthLink on Air interview. Read about the study, done at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego in the New York Times’ “Well” blog.
Maria Erdman, RDN, explains how a registered dietitian nutritionst who specializes in oncology can help cancer patients as they go through treatment. Appetite, eating habits and weight are all potentially affected by cancer treatment. “Some people sail right through, but for many people it’s very challenging,” she says. Some patients benefit from eating small meals throughout the day. It’s also important to know how to choose the most nutritious foods.
Upstate University Hospital registered dietitian Maureen Franklin, RD, talks about the effects of sugar in our diets, how to reduce daily intake, and whether we should cut it out completely. Read the story: This is What Happens When You Give Up Sugar for One Year.
Registered dietitian Maureen Franklin helps us understand an FDA proposal to update the nutrition facts labels found on most food packages in the United States. Read more: Proposed Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label, from the U.S. Food and Drug Association.