Five for Fridays – Feb 26, 2010

by TwinToddlersDad on February 26, 2010

in Childhood Obesity,Five For Fridays

Greetings! I thought of doing something different for this week’s Five for Fridays. Here are 5 videos which caught my eye as I looked for food and nutrition related news. Let me know what you think!

Bode Miller the “ski champ” farmer

Did you know that Bode Miller grew up a vegetarian? I didn’t, until found this video on Phd in Parenting blog! I was so fascinated by it that I decided to dig up the original source. I finally tracked it down on Stonyfield yogurt’s website under their “Yotube” video channel. It makes a perfect pitch for Stonyfield – after all, Bode Miller is no ordinary champion. One unintended message out of this video may be that organic is for crazies only! I think the positioning needs to be a little more mainstream. In any case, this video has a great message aimed to inspire the younger generation.

Watch out! Jamie Oliver is bringing his food revolution to America

It’s official folks! We are a country of fat people. If you have doubts, just check out the statistics on Huntington West Virgina – half the adults are considered obese and rates of diabetes and heart disease lead the nation! Jamie has supposedly the secret formula that can change the mindset: we don’t wanna sit around and eat lettuce all day! It is hilarious and I think it is sure to get good viewership when the show airs on ABC in March. I think it will make great TV, and although I hope it makes a real difference, I am not holding my breath for it! Good luck Jamie anyway.

Tom Vilsack on child nutrition act

Secretary Tom Vilsack answers 5 questions about his plans to expand the child nutrition program. I am all for it; I continue to believe that hunger and obesity are two sides of the same coin. Improving access to nutritious food, including fruits and vegetables, and not just focusing on low salt, sugar and fat is a good idea. Childhood obesity is a serious problem we must address now.

Michelle Obama takes on childhood obesity

If you haven’t yet seen this video by the first lady, you have got to check it out. Even though I think her Let’s Move campaign is destined to disappoint, I do admire her initiative to improve the health of our nation. She has a great personality and her message is clear and in many ways quite inspiring.

Help! My baby is fat – are you serious?

Chubby babies are cute, but is there a thing called a “fat” baby? Well, according to some researchers, people who turn obese when they grow up, begin to show a sign as early as 3 months of age! I find that unbelievable and I think this is going to send a risky signals to new parents. Babies need healthy fat, which if they are exclusively breastfed, is very easy to accomplish. Don’t be afraid of fat; the key is to work towards developing healthy eating habits during toddler years. This is yet another example of how catchy headlines can create a sense of unnecessary anxiety. The video does have some good tips from Dr. Sanjay Gupta, so check it out!

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  • http://www.PracticalNutritionByDietitian.com Nour El-Zibdeh

    Thanks for sharing… calling babies “fat” at 3 months old? Are they kidding me? Do they want parents to freak out about their kids from that age? Babies should get breastmilk or formula until 12 months old, and then WHOLE milk from 1-2 years. They need the fat to develop their brain and nerve cells. Something like that on the news scares me…

    I watched Fresh, the movie, yesterday… loved… I recommend that everyone should watch it…
    Nour

  • http://www.PracticalNutritionByDietitian.com Nour El-Zibdeh

    Thanks for sharing… calling babies “fat” at 3 months old? Are they kidding me? Do they want parents to freak out about their kids from that age? Babies should get breastmilk or formula until 12 months old, and then WHOLE milk from 1-2 years. They need the fat to develop their brain and nerve cells. Something like that on the news scares me…

    I watched Fresh, the movie, yesterday… loved… I recommend that everyone should watch it…
    Nour

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