Major food, drink companies selling trillions fewer calories

Major food, drink companies selling trillions fewer calories

Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The 16 largest food and drink companies in the U.S. reduced total calories sold by 6.4 trillion from 2007 to 2012, which works out to 78 calories per person per day.
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Taco Bell to drop kid's meals

IRVINE, Calif., July 23 (UPI) -- Taco Bell announced Tuesday it will discontinue its kid's meals, prepackaged meals with accompanying toys, becoming the first fast-food chain to drop the item.
FDA proposes menu labeling regulations

FDA proposes menu labeling regulations

WASHINGTON, April 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing menu labeling regulations for chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets, a non-profit group says.

Bill requires calorie labeling on menu

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) -- A bill introduced in the U.S. Congress would require fast-food and other chain restaurants to post calories and nutrition information on menus.

NYC restaurants to list calories on menus

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The New York City Board of Health has unanimously approved a measure requiring chain restaurants to disclose calorie counts on menus and menu boards.

Sports drinks face junk food label

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Public health advocates are lobbying for limits on the availability of sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade in high school vending machines.

FDA obesity plan is largely voluntary

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- A U.S. Food and Drug Administration anti-obesity plan to educate consumers and label low-calorie foods relies more on encouragement than enforcement.

HHS campaign to combat U.S. obesity

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- A nationwide education campaign launched by the Health and Human Services Department focuses on a theme of small steps Americans can take to combat a rising tide of obesity in the United States.

Children's menus lack healthy food choices

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Restaurants have responded to adult health concerns by offering foods low in fat, calories, sugar and carbohydrates but a new study shows the trend has not yet made its way to the children's menu.

Study finds unhealthy kid food at chains

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Children's menus at some U.S. sit-down restaurant chains feature unhealthy foods, the Center for Science in the Public Interest said Tuesday.

Experts debate media's role in obesity

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A dramatic rise in childhood obesity rates in the United States can be blamed at least partially on the media, experts contend, adding that those same media also could use their significant influence to help solve what has become a major public health pro
KATRINA WOZNICKI, United Press International

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Supersized fast-food leads to obesity

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- The popular fast-food restaurant practice of "supersizing" -- increasing portion size for just a few cents more -- tacks on significantly more calories to meals and contributes to the U.S. epidemic of obesity, consumer groups reported Tuesday.
STEVE MITCHELL, UPI Medical Correspondent
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