Cancer Prevention Policy In Action: Bloomberg and Disney Take Bold Steps

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Last week, New York’s Mayor Bloomberg called for a ban on larger-than-16-ounce servings of sodas and other sugary drinks in New York City restaurants, delis and other venues.

Today, the Walt Disney Company told the New York Times it would no longer advertize sodas, candy, sugared cereal and fast food on any of its children’s programming – which includes The Disney Channel, ABC Family, and Saturday morning cartoons on ABC. (Due to long-term contracts with advertisers, these ad restrictions won’t take effect until 2015.)

Both measures tackle current obesity rates head-on. And because overweight and obesity cause over 100,000 cancers in the US every year, we at the American Institute for Cancer Research welcome both developments. Read more… “Cancer Prevention Policy In Action: Bloomberg and Disney Take Bold Steps”

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    New IOM Report: Solving “The Weight of the Nation”

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    This week in Washington, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2012 WEIGHT OF THE NATION conference, the Institute of Medicine released a new report, “Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation.”

    The report, which is available online (and which includes a link to a nifty infographic) sets out five goals that, if met, would ensure we as a nation don’t falter in our fight against the obesity epidemic:

    • Integrate physical activity every day in every way
    • Market what matters for a healthy life
    • Make healthy foods and beverages available everywhere
    • Activate employers and health care professionals
    • Strengthen schools as the heart of health

    The report also urges all sectors of society to work together to achieve these goals.

    These goals have been laid out before, in slightly different language, by local, state and federal agencies and health organizations — including cancer charities like AICR (because preventing obesity would mean preventing approximately 100,000 US cancers every year). Read more… “New IOM Report: Solving “The Weight of the Nation””

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      Can Substituting Sweet Beverages Help You Lose Weight?

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      The news that sugary drinks link to being overweight is not new. Back in 2007, AICR’s report concluded there was enough evidence on the link to recommend that we all avoid  sugary beverages.

      But suppose all you did was switch out a couple of your sweetened beverages for a diet soda or water? You may lose a few pounds, suggests a new study. The study is among a handful of randomized trials to look at how changing beverages effects weight loss.

      You can read the abstract of the study here.

      The 318 study participants were all overweight and all drank over 200 calories per day of sugary beverages, such as sodas, sports drinks, and juice. Participants were randomly split into three groups: one group replaced their sweet beverages with water; another group replaced them with diet beverages; the third group, called the Healthy Choice group, was not directed to alter their beverages but they were given general weight-loss information at monthly meetings. (All three groups attended monthly meetings, which is when the two beverage-substituting groups received their drinks.) Read more… “Can Substituting Sweet Beverages Help You Lose Weight?”

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