Newborns that were fed on demand weighed less at 14 months than those who were on a routine feeding schedule, according to a study presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Istanbul. The findings underscore that giving infants food whenever they want may help regulate their appetite and body mass and prevent the onset of obesity, experts said.
New York-based Albany Molecular Research announced Tuesday that the firm's obesity compound ALB-127158(a) was safe and well tolerated among overweight participants in an early-stage trial. Experts noted reduced hunger, food cravings and meal consumptions in those who took the drug.
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care offers employees healthy, frozen gourmet dinners they can buy and fix at home after work, helping them improve their nutrition and reduce stress. The insurer is among many employers offering incentives and trying out creative wellness programs in hopes of reducing health care costs, even though many find the results aren't always easy to measure.
Students at Bunnell Elementary School in Daytona Beach, Fla., are celebrating a decade of growing gardens at the school, a project that began as six small raised beds. The gardens, which teach children about nutrition and change attitudes about vegetables, have expanded to two sites and 30 raised beds cared for by about 500 students daily.
The Food Pyramid is being replaced as the USDA's symbol of how much of each food group people should eat. Nutritionists say the pyramid design was confusing and experts hope the new design, to debut Thursday, will draw more attention to healthy eating and show people what their plate of food should look like in terms of portions.