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Mother's junk food diet predisposes children to a high fat, high sugar diet for life

8/2/2013 - Researchers are beginning to compile an impressive wealth of scientific evidence to explain how the nutritional status, and specifically the diet of a mother during gestation, plays a critical role in setting the initial gene set or expression for the newborn child that will determine susceptibility...

Fish oil fats protect brain against damage caused by a junk food diet

5/31/2013 - Medical nutrition scientists have written volumes that show how the nutrients from the foods we eat daily alter our genetic structure as well as the metabolism of every one of the trillions of cells in our body. Neurons in the brain are particularly susceptible to an accurately-delivered array of nutrients...

Soda companies rake in $4 billion a year of taxpayer money via the government food stamp program (SNAP)

4/10/2013 - Sugary sodas and aspartame-laced diet sodas can all be purchased with taxpayer money via the federal food stamp program. It's called the "Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program" (SNAP), and it provides free food credits to 42 million Americans who use the credits to purchase junk food, birthday...

People who eat processed junk food are angry, irritable, say scientists

3/27/2013 - The things you eat have a direct effect on your state of mind, and even have the power to drastically alter your behavioral patterns. These are the findings of a new study out of Oxford University in the U.K., which revealed that processed junk food consumption can lead to aggression, irritability,...

Junk food is engineered to addict you to chemical ingredients

3/22/2013 - Regular readers of Natural News, as well as scores of others in the U.S. and around the world, have long since known of the health dangers of junk food - foods that can most generally be described as those which contain empty calories and excessive amounts of substances known to cause harm to the body. But...

'Junkitarian' birth: Babies born addicted to junk food

3/5/2013 - How would you like to enter this world with a brain pre-programmed to crave junk food? Toward the realization that you are what your mother ate, the March 2013 FASEB Journal published research that suggests women who eat junk food while pregnant chemically alter the brain of their unborn child. Eating...

The Twinkie apocalypse is upon us: Closing of Hostess causes nationwide junk food preparedness surge among desperate Americans

11/16/2012 - Dear fellow junk food aficionados: A great chapter of American history is coming to an end. The Texas-based Hostess company, the producer of Twinkies, Ho Ho's and other fine pastries, has been gutted by a union dispute and is closing its doors for good. A total of 18,500 people will lose their jobs,...

A single junk food meal damages arteries leading to increased risk for heart disease

11/3/2012 - The knowledge that junk foods such as bacon cheeseburgers, fries, shakes, donuts and chips are detrimental to your health is no new revelation. These foods are packed with hydrogenated trans-fats, refined carbohydrates and sugars that boost blood pressure, increase blood glucose and flood cells with...

Mystery man attacks junk food with machete, then flees

8/17/2012 - Now that government agencies are branding animal rights and ecological activists as "eco-terrorists," what should anyone who attacks junk food with a machete be called - a foodie terrorist? The Yuma Sun of Yuma, AZ recently reported an episode of an unidentified man barging into a gas station with...

Anti-obesity vaccine shot offers false promise of staying slim even on a junk food diet

7/10/2012 - New vaccinations against obesity that could allow obese patients to eat as much junk food as they like and still lose weight are in development. As reported in the Journal Of Animal Science and Biotechnology, a research team led by Dr. Keith Haffer, of US firm Braasch Biotech, and Mariana Monteiro from...

Junk food junkies: dying for a fix

6/30/2012 - Junk food is over-processed and too easy to digest. Junk food requires very little processing by the body because it is mostly sugar, over-processed grains and empty fillers like hydrolyzed starches, cellulose and maltodextrin. The digestive system is like any other system in the body, if you don't...

America's obesity and diabetes epidemic: Junk food kills

3/7/2012 - The U.S. industrial food and farming system, dominated by fast food restaurants and processed, chemical-laden food, has precipitated a public health crisis. Although nutritionists recommend that consumers avoid eating unhealthy junk foods, every day 75 million Americans "supersize" themselves and damage...

How services like Netflix (in moderation) could help parents break the junk food propaganda stranglehold

3/5/2012 7:42:28 PM - The days of Saturday morning cartoons are long gone. Today, kids can watch cartoons and other children's programming on a variety of channels anytime they turn on the TV. Parents would do well to keep a close eye on not only what and how much their children are watching, but the content of the commercials...

Health insurance company preys upon the poor with junk food reward program for vaccinating your baby

1/23/2012 - "Will vaccinate my baby for food!" That seems to be the goal of a program launched last year by the UnitedHealthcare health insurance company of Michigan. It has resorted to enticing parents with junk food to convince them to inject their infants with potentially deadly vaccines containing brain-damaging...

Over 140 organizations confront UN demanding recognition junk food and beverage industries kill 36 million a year

9/21/2011 - The United Nations Summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is being held in September in New York -- and 140 international non-governmental agencies (NGOs) and public health organizations are using the meeting to confront the UN. Their concern? They want the UN to come clean about the organization's...

How to curb junk food cravings naturally

8/18/2011 - Binge eating of sugary or fatty junk foods brought on by periods of emotional stress or otherwise may be remedied by consuming saturated fat, finds new research. The reason that many are drawn to junk foods in the first place is a nutritional deficiency. Cravings for chocolate may indicate a magnesium...

Junk food ads on TV strongly influence children's eating habits

7/16/2011 - According to network rules that regulate British TV, sex scenes are kept off the airwaves until after nine PM in order to protect children from their influence. The results of a recent study conducted by researchers by the University of Liverpool are now prompting calls for similar restrictions on food...

California fair vendor tests limits of Americans' junk food threshold by serving deep-fried Kool-Aid

6/24/2011 - There appears to be no limit to what some Americans are willing to put in their bodies, even in the so-called health mecca of California. According to a recent FOX News report, a vendor at the San Diego County Fair this year is selling battered, deep-fried Kool-Aid -- yes, Kool-Aid powder wrapped in...

Junk food cravings trigger same brain activity as drug addiction, suggests study

5/2/2011 - The brain's response to the tempting appeal of a sugary, fatty milkshake or to a bag of salty, greasy snack chips appears to be the same response a drug addict's brain exhibits when anticipating the next "hit," suggests a new study published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry. Ashley Gearhardt...

Junk food can lead to lower IQ in children

2/22/2011 - Researchers in Britain have discovered that feeding your children junk or processed foods can actually lower their IQ. The diets and general health and well-being of 14000 children born from 1991 to 1992 in western England were monitored at ages three, four and a half, seven and again at age 8. It was...

Reduce childhood obesity by replacing junk food with organic alternatives

1/24/2011 - According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the rate of childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years. Junk food is one of the culprits for the obesity epidemic. Kids are exposed to junk food in many ways, from unhealthy parental role models to marketing...

Junk food as addictive as street drugs

12/23/2010 - Scientists are increasingly becoming convinced that junk food can be just as physically addictive as street drugs like heroin. Researchers at Rockefeller University have found that foods high in fat and sugar cause the brain to release many of the same pleasure chemicals that produce drug addiction,...

Professor who lost weight on Twinkies only proves that even nutrition educators can be Ding Dongs

12/4/2010 - Over the last month or so, the mainstream media has been making a huge deal about Kansas State nutrition professor Mark Haub who lost 27 pounds eating mostly Doritos, Twinkies and other junk food while drinking Diet Mountain Dew. But as usual, they're misrepresenting the story. You can lose weight...

Junk food-addicted rats chose to starve themselves rather than eat healthy food

8/5/2010 - A diet including unlimited amounts of junk food can cause rats to become so addicted to the unhealthy diet that they will starve themselves rather than go back to eating healthy food, researchers have discovered. In a series of studies conducted over the course of three years and published in the...

Companies exploiting socially-networked children to push junk food like drug dealers

5/10/2010 - In response to recent bans on junk food advertising in the U.K., junk food manufacturers like Fanta, which is part of Coca-Cola, have found a loophole to the restriction. Producers are paying children the equivalent of roughly $40 a week to plug company products to their friends through social networking...

Junk Food Found to Deteriorate Pleasure Center of Brain

4/12/2010 - A new study just found that a diet with unlimited junk food desensitizes the pleasure centers of the brain. As a consequence, more and more junk foods were required to feel the same level of pleasure. The study used rats, but since rats and humans are wired pretty similarly in this region of the brain,...

Junk Food Nearly as Addictive as Heroin

3/18/2010 - Junk food appears to be almost as addictive as heroin, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Scripps Research Institute and presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. "This is the most complete evidence to date that suggests obesity and drug addiction have common...

South Korea does what the US refuses to do: Restrict junk food advertising to children

3/10/2010 - The health ministry of South Korea has announced that advertisements for foods that are high in fat, sugar, and salt, will be limited during the prime time television hours of 5 and 7 p.m. and during any children's programming. In support of national efforts to curb childhood obesity, the limitations...

Doritos ads represent sick, demented nature of junk food companies and their products

2/27/2010 - Junk food advertising has reached a new low with the recent Doritos "Crash the Super Bowl" ads which portray Doritos consumers as violent murderers who will kill fellow human beings to get a bag of Doritos. One Doritos ad portrays a man backing out of a parking lot when his car strikes an innocent...

Food industry continues to market junk food to children

1/27/2010 - A study conducted by Children Now, a California-based child advocacy group, has been released that indicts the food industry for continuing to market unhealthy food to children. Despite many food companies' expressed willingness in years prior to self-regulate themselves and shift their advertising...

Nickelodeon food ads promote junk food to children

12/14/2009 - (Natural News) The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) determined that "nearly 80 percent of food ads on the popular children's network Nickelodeon are for foods of poor nutritional quality." This modest improvement from 90 percent in 2005 was considered insufficient, and the industry's...

Should We Tax Sodas and Junk Food to Pay for Health Care?

8/3/2009 - Mr. Johnson weighed nearly a ton. And drank pop 'til his health came undone. His kidneys turned blue But he said, "I've got two." "So I'll drink 'til I only lose one." The debate over health care reform has run smack into a brick wall of economic reality. There's just not enough money to pay...

The Junk Food Dilemma Calls for a Change in Mindset (Opinion)

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Canadian Government Pressured to Ban Junk Food Ads

8/28/2008 - The Toronto board of health has urged the Canadian government to place a total ban on the advertising of junk foods to children. Currently, advertising to children is regulated by self-imposed rules under which 16 food companies have agreed either not to market to children under the age of 12, or...

Junk Food Advertising to Children Banned in UK

8/2/2008 - A new and more stringent ban on advertising junk food to children has come into effect in the United Kingdom, but many health advocates are saying the new measures do not go far enough. In April 2007, the British government banned the airing of junk food ads during any television program designed...

Eli Manning: Superbowl Star Promotes Junk Food to Children

2/4/2008 - While New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning achieved an astonishing success in leading his team to a 17-14 Superbowl win over the New England Patriots, he has so far positioned himself as a junk food peddler off the field by agreeing to star in television advertisements promoting Oreo cookies to...

All Jacked Up: The Explosive Junk Food Documentary the Food Companies Hope You Never See

1/17/2008 - Back in early 2007, I was invited to participate in a pioneering new documentary that dared to explore the harmful effects of processed foods and soft drinks on teenagers. I flew to Los Angeles, spent two hours being interviewed on camera, and went back home, hoping my efforts would help educate parents...

Junk Food Ads, Fast Food Increasing Teen Obesity

10/9/2007 - Many of the television commercials seen by teenagers are for junk food products. According to research released this week by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, this may be a major reason obesity rates continue to rise among 12-17 year-olds. The studies examined by researchers at the University...

Legislative effort targets school junk food, aims to upgrade nutritional guidelines

6/14/2007 - The Senate Agriculture Committee recently held a hearing on school nutrition that has inspired the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to keep driving toward national action that will help get junk food out of the public school system. Congress could move this year to restrict...

Pediatricians call for ban on junk food advertising to children

12/12/2006 - The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said Monday that Congress should pass legislation prohibiting junk food commercials on TV shows aimed at children, and pediatricians should support a ban or severe restrictions on unhealthy food ads appearing in schools. The AAP's policy asks Congress and...

UK consumer group reveals junk food companies' misleading ad tactics

11/29/2006 - A new report by UK consumer group Which? charges junk food manufacturers with engaging in "underhand" marketing techniques aimed at selling high-sugar, fattening foods to young children. Which? researchers kept track of the marketing techniques of 12 food companies -- Burger King, McDonald's, KFC,...

American Diabetes Association receives millions each year from junk food companies, candy manufacturers and pharmaceutical firms

11/27/2006 - The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently rewrote its guidelines on accepting corporate sponsorships from companies that sell unhealthy foods in an effort to appear unbiased, but critics say the charity group's willingness to take money from junk food companies and pharmaceutical firms has already...

Americans know junk food causes weight gain, but they eat it anyway

10/19/2006 - According to a new study published by researcher AC Nielsen, many Americans know that poor nutritional choices lead to increased weight -- and even obesity -- but continue to eat these foods anyway. With standard nutrition labels as the only guide for millions of consumers to judge what they are...

Eating junk food during pregnancy raises newborn's risk of diabetes, obesity

10/10/2006 - Eating junk food during pregnancy may raise the chance of having obese children who are more susceptible to diabetes, according to a Royal Veterinary College, London study. Researchers at RVC fed female rats doughnuts, muffins, chocolate, potato chips, cheese, cookies and candy during pregnancy,...

Junk food makers join with Clinton to announce unenforceable guidelines on marketing junk foods to schoolchildren

10/9/2006 - Although the rising level of childhood obesity in the United States has spurred many schools to ban junk food from their cafeterias and vending machines from their halls, thousands of schools still supply unhealthy fare to their students. A nutrition deal between former President Bill Clinton and some...

International taskforce calls for global ban on junk food advertising to children to combat obesity epidemic

9/6/2006 - The International Obesity TaskForce (IOTF) recently released a report urging UN agencies and governments to develop globally enforceable regulations to ban or severely limit exploitative marketing techniques aimed at children to sell junk food. At the International Congress on Obesity in Sydney,...

Health Ranger hails CPSI effort to stop Kellogg Co. from marketing junk food to children

1/19/2006 - The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) recently announced its intention to pressure Kellogg Co. to halt its practice of advertising junk foods to children. Spearheaded by CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson, the effort promises a lawsuit to protect children from junk food marketing...

Commercial Alert vs. USDA: How one non-profit is fighting to eliminate junk food from America's schools

12/6/2005 - Parents have expectations of what will happen once they drop their child off at school. The two most basic expectations are that their child will learn and that they will be safe while at school, but the once-insular school environment has changed. Advertisers are realizing more and more that children...

"Vending Machine" documentary looks to expose childrens' junk food habits in public schools

10/10/2005 - Jennifer Mattox hopes to someday enjoy the same kind of attention as Morgan Spurlock, director and producer of the Oscar-nominated 2004 fast-food documentary "Supersize Me." In fact, Spurlock's film inspired Mattox not only to film her own feature-length documentary, but also to launch an entire independent...

How to slash national health care costs by 90% through education, nutrition, and a ban on junk food marketing

12/5/2004 - Want a real solution to skyrocketing health care costs? Forget about all the so-called "cost saving" schemes dreamed up by politicians, drug companies and HMOs. All they do is create new levels of bureaucracy that don't address the real problems of why health care costs are so high in the first place....

One-third of American diet is junk food and soft drinks: we're malnourished and obese at the same time

6/2/2004 12:27:24 PM - An alarming new study published in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis reveals that Americans are getting nearly one-third of their calories from junk foods: soft drinks, sweets, desserts, alcoholic beverages, and salty snacks. It explains why obesity is rampant, diabetes is epidemic,...

Food manufacturers scheme on how to sell more junk food to children

11/18/2003 12:54:48 AM - It's sickening: junk food manufacturers and marketers have come up with a new report highlighting tactics for selling more junk food to children. With this, junk food companies and soft drink manufacturers demonstrate a complete lack of business ethics: as long as they can make greater profits, it doesn't...

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