The Next Big Thing? ‘Fat Studies’ Courses, Fat Awareness Groups Spread Across Universities

Described as an “emerging academic field” that focuses on combating “weightism,” “fat stigma,” and the “weight based oppression” of fat people, “fat studies” courses are popping up on college campuses across the country. Typically found in women and gender studies departments, fat studies courses don’t study obesity as a leading cause of death in America […]

New Obama Guidelines: Lean Meat Has Role in Healthy Diet

New federal dietary guidelines, which dropped early Thursday morning, tell Americans to follow a healthy eating pattern that includes a variety of vegetables, fruit, grains, fat-free dairy, oils and a variety of proteins, including lean meats. The recommendations for what Americans should and shouldn’t be eating, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the […]

U.S. Army Seeks Volunteers for 3-Week MRE-Only Diet for Study

The U.S. Army is looking for volunteers who are willing to only eat the military’s pre-packaged food for soldiers, for three weeks. The Meals, Ready-to-Eat, also known as MRE’s include such options as “parachute pork,” “battalion brownie pops” and “Ranger red hot party mix.” The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine is conducting the […]

Food Stamps Won’t Buy Soda and Candy If This State Gets Its Way

Some taxpayers consider it a sweet idea: Trim the purchase of soda and candy from the benefits provided to food stamp users. The state of Maine wants to do just that. To ban food stamp recipients under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from purchasing specific unhealthy items, state officials have to get approval from the […]

Healthy Diets May Not Be One-Size-Fits-All

When two people follow the same weight-loss diet to the letter, but one fails to lose weight, the problem might be their bodies’ different responses to the same foods, a recent Israeli study suggests. That’s because when two people eat the same meal, one may experience a spike in blood sugar levels when the other […]

Maine Petitions To Ban Unhealthy Food Stamp Purchases

Maine healthcare officials requested Monday the federal government let them ban food stamp receipts from buying junk food and soda. The federal government doesn’t allow states to ban food stamp recipients from buying junk food and soda. The Maine Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS), however, believes such a ban will greatly help the program […]

FDA Deems New Genetically Engineered Salmon Safe to Eat

The agency said Thursday that AquaBounty Technologies’s AquAdvantage salmon meets the statutory requirements for safety and effectiveness under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The Atlantic salmon’s DNA is genetically engineered to reach market size more quickly than non-GE farm-raised Atlantic salmon. FDA said AquAdvantage salmon is as safe to eat and as nutritious […]

Food Stamp Beneficiaries Decline, Still Exceed 45 Million

The number of individuals receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps, has exceeded 45 million for 52 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture. There were 45,464,508 beneficiaries of the food stamp program in August 2015, the latest month for which data is available. The […]

FDA Urges Cap on Daily Sugar Consumption

It’s official: The Food and Drug Administration is recommending a daily cap on sugar for the first time, in the wake of studies linking sweeteners to the nation’s biggest killers. Americans should limit added sugar to no more than 10 percent of daily calories, according to the proposed guidelines, The New York Times reports. For […]