Scott I. Kahan on Sugary Drinks, Soda and Obesity
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Scott I. Kahan on Sugary Drinks, Soda and Obesity
A collection of Scott I. Kahan's opinions on sugary drinks, soda and obesity.
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Kids See Fewer Ads for Sweets, More for Fast Food

Kids See Fewer Ads for Sweets, More for Fast Food | Scott I. Kahan on Sugary Drinks, Soda and Obesity | Scoop.it
Kids See Fewer Ads for Sweets, More for Fast Food Study Shows Some Improvement in TV Ads Targeting Kids Since 2003 WebMD Medical News By Denise Mann Reviewed by Louise...
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“This may be a good sign, albeit of relatively small magnitude,” says Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, co-director of George Washington University Weight Management Program in Washington, D.C.” Although children are slightly seeing fewer TV ads for sweets and sugary drinks, they're seeing much more marketing for fast food.”

“The nutrition and obesity communities have been leaning on the food industry to exert corporate responsibility when it comes to food advertising to kids, particularly young kids,” he tells WebMD. "Marketing to young kids, especially the youngest kids, is particularly manipulative. Preying on young kids (and, by extension, their parents) by using cartoon characters, superheroes, and the like in order to promote unhealthful foods is inappropriate and irresponsible."

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Is Fructose Making People Fat?: MedlinePlus

Is Fructose Making People Fat?: MedlinePlus | Scott I. Kahan on Sugary Drinks, Soda and Obesity | Scoop.it
Is Fructose Making People Fat?
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Dr. Scott Kahan, director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness in Washington, D.C, added there is a lot that scientists do not know about fructose and how it affects your body. "There are certainly differences between sugar molecules, and these are still being worked out scientifically," he said.

According to Kahan, high-fructose corn syrup, a ubiquitous sweetener that manufacturers love because it is inexpensive, super-sweet and helps extend shelf life, gets a bad rap about its potential role in the obesity epidemic, but it has about the same amount of fructose as table sugar (sucrose). "We don't entirely know if there is some uniquely unhealthy aspect of high-fructose corn syrup," he said.

One thing that is clear, Kahan said, is that "almost all of us eat too much sugar, and if we can moderate that we will be healthier on a number of levels."

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Study: Too Much Sugar in Drinks Marketed to Kids

Study: Too Much Sugar in Drinks Marketed to Kids | Scott I. Kahan on Sugary Drinks, Soda and Obesity | Scoop.it
It's no surprise that many sodas have a lot of sugar. What may be more surprising is that many fruit drinks, often billed as healthier alternatives, are often loaded with close to the same amount of sugar and calories, a report finds.
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Still, Scott Kahan, MD, an obesity expert at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, says he is concerned about these trends.

"Decades of social science research show that marketing affects all of our preferences and choice, but kids are sitting ducks for advertisers," he says. "Putting a character like Shrek on food makes it taste better to kids."

In recent years, there has been a shift from focusing on preventing infections in children to concern about chronic diseases such as diabetes that are nutrition-related. "We wouldn't let our kids be attacked by ads for germ-infected products that would make them sick, but this study shows we are allowing them to be attacked by marketers of unhealthy foods that will make them sick," Kahan says.

He says that voluntary pledges by industry may not be enough. "There needs to be serious discussion about what the rules should be and who needs to play be them."

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The Good News About The Obesity Epidemic

The Good News About The Obesity Epidemic | Scott I. Kahan on Sugary Drinks, Soda and Obesity | Scoop.it
To be sure, obesity rates only increased over the past decade, continuing the epidemic rise that has progressed over the past half-century. But hidden underneath the scary statistics is quite a bit of good news.
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Does not mention sugary drinks/soda. Discusses the nationally-increasing awareness of obesity as a disease.

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The Dreaded Parent-Child Talk

The Dreaded Parent-Child Talk | Scott I. Kahan on Sugary Drinks, Soda and Obesity | Scoop.it
We all dread the day our children come to us with that question...
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Does not mention sugary drinks/soda. Discusses parents' obligation to talk to thier kids about weight.

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Why Obesity Is A Disease

Why Obesity Is A Disease | Scott I. Kahan on Sugary Drinks, Soda and Obesity | Scoop.it
Obesity is a chronic medical condition -- from a technical perspective, obesity fits any reasonable definition of disease.
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This article does not mention sugary drinks/soda, but it does discuss obesity as a disease.

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stopobesityalliance-weighin.pdf

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This PDF ("Weigh In: Talking to Your Children About Weight and Health") is published by the organization of which Kahan serves as Alliance Director. The publications recommends "Limiting the number of sweets (foods and beverages) you eat a week" on pages 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, and 33.

 

Copyright 2012 – STOP Obesity Alliance and Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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CHAUSA | Health care providers target obesity as threat in communities

CHAUSA | Health care providers target obesity as threat in communities | Scott I. Kahan on Sugary Drinks, Soda and Obesity | Scoop.it
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Kahan provides quotes for this article.

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Liquid Calories | The Kojo Nnamdi Show

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Interesting interview in which Kahan discusses sugary drinks and sodas.

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letter-to-sec-sebelius.pdf

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Scott Kahan is a supporter of this letter to The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

**Leter discusses the negative effects on sugary drinks.

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Measuring Kids BMIs Is Good Practice

Measuring Kids BMIs Is Good Practice | Scott I. Kahan on Sugary Drinks, Soda and Obesity | Scoop.it
So many recently publicized policies and prescriptions regarding weight seem to be uninformed and often stigmatizing toward people who have obesity.
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Does not mention sugary drinks/soda. Discusses how BMI measurements are important to monitoring obesity in children.

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United States of Obesity: How Are States Battling Bulging Health Costs?

United States of Obesity: How Are States Battling Bulging Health Costs? | Scott I. Kahan on Sugary Drinks, Soda and Obesity | Scoop.it
Efforts aimed at obesity prevention are well underway, but we are still a nation very uncomfortable with paying for services that could help treat the two-thirds of Americans who carry excess weight.
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Does not mention sugary drinks/soda. Discusses the cost of obesity and the government's role in combatting this disease.

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Kids are “Sitting Ducks” for Marketers

Kids are “Sitting Ducks” for Marketers | Scott I. Kahan on Sugary Drinks, Soda and Obesity | Scoop.it
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"Nearly 600 products from 14 beverage companies were studied. Few of their beverages were nutritionally sound, though many presented misleading health claims – such as claiming “all-natural” or “high in antioxidants” on a high-calorie soda or “low sodium” on drinks that are essentially all sugar."

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