Weekly Roundup: Sugary Drink Ban Moves Ahead

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to limit the size of sugary drinks to 16 ounces moved forward this week, but obstacles remain for the plan.
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Experts Say N.Y. Sugary Drinks Plan Will Face Legal Test

The New York City Board of Health signaled strong support this week for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to limit the size of sodas and sugary drinks to 16 ounces. But as CBS reported, even if the plan is ultimately approved by the board it almost certainly will be challenged in court, where its fate is less clear.

First Lady Shares How She Changed Her Own Family’s Eating Habits

First Lady Michelle Obama continued a media tour this week promoting her new book, American Grown. In an interview with NPR, Obama shared how she changed her family’s eating habits, especially that of her daughters, Malia and Sasha. The First Lady noted that it was challenging at first. Many of the foods the Obamas were eating were high in sodium and sugar and artificial flavors, so there was a bit of an adjustment period.

“But once we got them involved in the process of clearing out the cabinets, and we explained what was going on, and we spent time with them in farmer's markets, slowly but surely we started to introduce real food to their diets: fresh vegetables, which tend to taste more tasty for kids; fresh juices, which they got adjusted to,” Obama said.

Schools Use Kickstarter to Raise Money for Healthy Food

Facing tight budgets, many school food programs are turning to the popular crowd funding website Kickstarter to raise money, The Atlantic reports. One D.C. elementary school is using the site to raise $25,000 to build an on-site food lab to teach kids about healthy eating, for example.

Sugar’s Direct Link to Obesity

The BBC published an article this week studying the reasons for the obesity epidemic, and suggests the No. 1 culprit might be the large amounts of sugar people consume. People haven’t become greedier or even less active in recent decades, but “one thing that has changed is the food we eat, and, more specifically, the sheer amount of sugar we ingest.”

Obesity Blamed for Early Signs of Puberty

A new study out of the United Kingdom finds that the average age for when girls reach puberty has dropped to 10, and obesity is the top suspect for the troubling trend. The average age of puberty has dropped by five years in the last century, Fox News reports.

Study: Overweight Children Struggle in Math

Researchers already know being overweight or obese can harm a child’s health, but new research suggests it also could hurt them academically, according to U.S. News and World Report. A new study finds children who were overweight when they started kindergarten, and were still heavy by the time they completed fifth grade, performed worse on math tests than their peers.

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