You may have found that the Food Guide Pyramid serves as a handy tool to explain the basics of healthy eating to your clients. But note that the times are “a’changin’” and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is going along with the times by revamping the guidelines on which the pyramid is based, to make sure they reflect the latest scientific and medical knowledge. Currently in the revision process, the new guidelines are slated to be published in winter 2005.
Despite recent news reports linking high cholesterol levels to different life-threatening diseases, the message has apparently been lost on many consumers. At least, that’s the finding of a new study on contemporary awareness of cholesterol as a risk factor, which appeared in the July 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. But what if your favorite man’s waist circumference is expanding, putting his health at risk? A new study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2003; 35 , 207-13) examined the weight loss results of 30 obese male members of the Singapore Armed Forces who completed a 4-month regimented basic training program. Fat-free mass, fat mass and percent body fat were determined through skinfold measurements.
Although many people have adopted a vegetarian diet as part of an overall healthy lifestyle, this kind of diet may actually be a marker for detecting eating disorders in some populations, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. The subjects of this research, conducted at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, were female college students, a subpopulation considered at risk for weight preoccupation.