On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies. Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Mars. Rivals any other day, the C.E.O.’s and company presidents had come together for a rare, private meeting. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it. While the atmosphere was cordial, the men assembled were hardly friends. Their stature was defined by their skill in fighting one another for what they called “stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.
Anyone who has gone to the drug store knows that the labels on sunscreens can be confusing. The sun protection factor, or SPF, numbers are all over the place. Some say “sunblock”; others says “sunscreen.” What’s the difference between “waterproof” and “water-resistant?” More »
By LAURAN NEERGAARD
The obesity epidemic may be slowing, but don’t take in those pants yet.
Today, just over a third of U.S. adults are obese. By 2030, 42 percent will be, says a forecast released Monday. That’s not nearly as many as experts had predicted before the once-rapid rises in obesity rates began leveling off. But the new forecast suggests even small continuing increases will add up.
“We still have a very serious problem,” said obesity specialist Dr. William Dietz of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More »
Not long ago, statins were jokingly promoted by some doctors with a “put them in the drinking water” argument. Physicians and drug company experts suggested that the ubiquitous cholesterol-lowering drugs — including Lipitor, Mevacor, Crestor and Zocor — should be sold over the counter like cold medications, or offered to everyone above a certain age. The medications appeared so beneficial to health and seemed so free of side effects. More »
THE NUMBER OF egg yolks you would need to meet 1,000 IU (a frequently recommended daily target) of vitamin D.
Sunlight’s a good source, but it’s not enough in winter, says Michael F. Holick, MD, author of The Vitamin D Solution. To get 1,000 IU (a frequently recommended daily target) of this critical vitamin through food, you’d have to pick one of these alternatives:
33 cans of anchovies
10 glasses of milk
10 bowls of cereal
50 egg yolks
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