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What’s Going on in Nutrition #1

whats going on in nutritionI wanted to start out with a quote

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
~Thomas Edison

Then, I wanted to talk about the Biggest Loser. I’m an episode behind, but the other day they quizzed the contestants on some statistics of childhood obesity and many were shocked, even I was shocked at a few of them. As a dietetics student, I am aware of some of these shocking statistics but as the years progress, it gets worse. I wanted to share the quiz questions.

When searching for the exact questions, I came across a great blog post by George Van Antwerp that broke them down. Here is what George had, and please feel free to visit his blog post as well to find a really cool infographic on childhood obesity and more information! It’s a great post!

Here are the questions:

Then to me, the most shocking question was

“What percentage of overweight children ages 5-10 already have at least one risk factor for heart disease”

The answer was 60%, yes sixty! These are just children!

My teacher said something very interesting in class yesterday. She said when working with picky eaters she brings up the idea of beer. Most people don’t enjoy the taste of beer the first time they try it. But somehow they continue to introduce it and they adapt to it. People always say it’s an acquired taste and the more you drink it, it’ll eventually grow on you. So she said, why can’t that be the same for food? The example she used was broccoli. She stated a lot of people don’t like broccoli, but with enough introductions to broccoli, can’t they acquire the taste for it just like they do for beer?

I can admit that it’s really hard for me to eat most vegetables because of the taste. One of my professors told my in my freshman year that I was a supertaster and that is why most vegetables were not pleasing to me. I’d be interested in attempting something like this. Continuing to try one vegetable until I can tolerate it.

USA Today, posted yesterday an article “Study: Obese drivers more likely to die in crashes

According to the article, BMJ Group’s Emergency Medicine Journal stated that the risk of death was increased by the more obese the driver was. The definition of obese is a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or higher.

“The study’s authors pointed to previous research that showed that an obese driver’s lower body is propelled farther upon impact before a seat belt engages the pelvis.”

The article also pointed out the fact that morbidly obese individuals rarely wear seatbelts anyway and this is a factor in accidents as well.

Q: Do you think people can adapt and acquire foods they don’t like?

Q: Is there something you might attempt to introduce multiple times in order to acquire the taste?

Q: What statistics shocked you about childhood obesity?

Q: Have you ever thought about the use of a seatbelt in overweight individuals?

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Nutrition in the News Part 3

Lately here’s what’s been going on in the nutrition world!

Report: World’s Population is 17 million tons overweight by Alastair Jamieson

The global population weighs 316 million tons. 17 million of those pounds are due to being overweight. The global average weight is at 137 pounds, but North America has an average of 178 pounds.


Five Sports nutrition Misconceptions by Sarah Dimashkieh

1. “Work out on an empty stomach, it helps you burn more fat and lose weight faster.”

“The bottom line: exercising on an empty stomach does not help you burn more fat.” Dimashkieh says. “When you’re low on energy, you’re likely lowering your endurance levels and shortening your exercise time causing you to burn less amount of fat.”

Here’s the breakdown: Low energy = lower endurance = shorter exercise period = lower fat burn + less calorie burnt

2. “Eat a high protein diet, and avoid all sources of carbs if you are exercising.”

According to Dimashkieh, research indicates that it is important to consume carbs such as fruits 15 minutes after exercising to help restore muscle glycogen. “Have a cup of milk, a smoothie or even a whole wheat turkey sandwich within a window of 30 minutes to two hours after your workout. This is important because it helps improve your ability to train consistently,” Dimashkieh adds.

3. “Pineapple, kiwi, grapefruit and other herbal mixes such as green tea help your body burn fat.”

Dimashkieh does a little experiment. “Spread some butter on pealed and slicked kiwi or pineapple pieces.  Does the butter disappear?” The butter will melt, but not disappear. “This indicates that these fruits and others do not help burn body fat,” explains Dimashkieh.   You can try it yourself.

4. “Drinking a lot of water will cause water retention and will increase your abdominal fat.”

“Without proper hydration, your muscles and ligaments will likely become stiff during exercise,” explains Dimashkieh. “Also remember that sodas, coffee, tea, and other beverages are not a substitute for water,” Dimashkieh says.  “Sugar and caffeine actually cause the body to lose fluid, instead of hydrating our body.”

5. “Exercise prevents you from losing weight.”

“Losing weight depends on the amount of calories you consume and burn each day. Eating more calories than you burn during exercise can lead to weight gain, while burning more calories than you eat can help you lose weight.” Physical activity, especially aerobic exercise is crucial if you are trying to lose or maintain your weight. “Increasing the rate at which you burn calories actually increases your chances of losing weight,” Dimashkieh says.


Politicians, health advocates seek transparency restrictions in food stamp program by Monica Eng

We all have seen it, someone stacking chips, candy and other processed junk into their cart and then whip out their EBT card for food stamps, also known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.)

This article goes into detail about how it’s perfectly legal under federal law to buy food with little nutritional value on the food stamp program. But politicians and health advocates want to change that to restrict purchases to healthier items would help encourage better diets, reduce health care costs and make better use of precious tax dollars, according to the article.

Illinois has tried to push a bill to make soda, chips and candy ineligible but that was unsuccessful.

Fun fact: Obesity related health care costs are predicted to read $550 billion by 2030.

Read the article for more information, but I did want to bring up the fact that the wonderful ladies I work with at the Southeast Missouri Food Bank are trying to work up a grant that allows SNAP qualifies to come to the farmer’s market and get $2 “script” which is like monopoly money to use around the market, for every $1 off their EBT card. So essentially they are getting anything 50% off because they are getting $2 for ever $1, to spend. How wonderful, right? I think that would be great!

District’s Needy Get Fruit and Vegetable RX by Jane Black

On a similar note, this was something I just read! Jessica Wallace, coordinator of the “We Can” program that helps low income families that are struggling with obesity or chronic disease, created a new way to help others, in addition to the cooking classes, yoga and other healthy lifestyle choices they provide. The Unity Health Care Upper Cardozo clinic has begun writing fruit and vegetable prescriptions to help cover cost of produce.


35 families will receive vouchers for $1 per family member per day, $112 every four weeks for a family of four to spend at any of the 5 district Farmer’s Markets. This will help healthful eating and allow cash to buy ingredients in hopes to change the way they shop and eat.

Apparently “Wholesome Wave,” a nonprofit organization specializing in incentive programs to encourage healthful eating and lure new dollars to farmer’s market has done what Cape Girardeau hopes to do at their market, and they have initiated the Double Value Coupon doubling food stamps and WIC if they spend at the market. Such great things are happening!

It’s in it’s third year now and taken word for word from the article

Of the 1,200 participants in six towns and cities in the Northeast, 66 percent said they ate more fruits and vegetables as a result of the program and 38 percent improved their body mass index, a standard measure used to estimate healthy body weight. The program brought new customers to farmers markets. More than half of families that received fruit-and-vegetable prescriptions had never, or rarely, been to a farmers market.

Q: Did you find anything interesting?

Q: What myths or things have you heard regarding sports and nutrition?