The nation's largest group of doctors wants to treat obesity as a disease and limit marketing of energy drinks to children, in a boon to lawmakers pushing for reforms.
The American Medical Association (AMA) voted to adopt the new policies during its annual meeting in Chicago on Wednesday.
People shouldn't be able to use food stamps to buy sugary drinks, the American Medical Association said Wednesday.
The AMA adopted a policy saying it will work to remove sugary drinks from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Sugar-sweetened drinks make up more than half of the beverages purchased through SNAP, the AMA said — a trend that contributes to high rates of obesity and is associated with health problems such as diabetes.
Fast-food consumption declined in the United States between 2007-2010, though adults still receive more than 10 percent of their calories from burgers and pizza.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released those findings Thursday in a report that drew praise as a good sign for combating rising obesity levels in the United States.
The Obama administration proposed regulations Friday that would prohibit U.S. schools from selling unhealthy snacks.
A coalition of health groups is calling on Nickelodeon to stop airing commercials that promote unhealthy foods.
In a letter Monday, groups urged the channel and its parent company, Viacom, to implement strong nutrition standards for the foods marketed on Nickelodeon and by its shows' characters.
SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer should not be licensed to advertise foods like imitation fruit snacks or Popsicles, the American Academy of Pediatrics and others wrote.
A nonprofit health group is urging federal regulators to act against a new Cracker Jack product that contains caffeine, arguing the snack is unhealthy for children.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) wrote to food makers and regulators Wednesday, warning about a growing number of caffeinated snack products that could endanger children's health.
The group also argued that the Cracker Jack product, Cracker Jack'D, and its counterparts violate Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules.