August 2013 | | 1-888-376-7136

[Volume 5, Issue 8]


Fat-shaming is the practice of making an overweight or obese person feel bad about their weight. It can be done with good intentions (sort of) with the idea that the humiliation will make the person take the steps to lose the excess pounds. But it doesn’t work. It’s mean, hurtful and doesn’t help at all.

On Fat-Shaming, and Why Being Mean Will Help No One Get Lean

This article from Canada’s National Post looks at fat-shaming and how it hurts. It’s not just something schoolyard bullies do, either; the author’s concern is that treating obesity as a disease will result in some health professionals resorting to such behavior.

Things you can do at school:

  • Talk to students about why it hurts to be called fat, and why it isn’t helpful.
  • Create fitness materials for parents and families. Sometimes family members have good intentions but fat-shaming only hurts. They may not realize they’re doing it.
  • In fitness and cooking classes, talk about ways diets can be improve and have students come up with ways to support friends and family members who need to lose weight.
Lunch with Teachers

Is lecturing your students about a healthy diet enough to make them change their ways? Maybe they need a role model, and that role model can be you. Rather than huddling with the other faculty at lunchtime every day, maybe spending some time with the students will help. Of course that means you need to show kids how to eat healthy foods.

Let’s Have Lunch! Teachers Eating with Their Students Provides Nutrition Education Opportunities

This article from Science Daily discusses research from Sweden. In one study, students were taught about healthy lunches during mealtimes. The attitude and style of the teachers made a difference in how well kids learned their nutrition lessons.

Tips for teachers at lunchtime:

  • Get involved with your students at lunchtime. Especially the younger kids.
  • Set the example. Choose healthful foods and tell the kids why you made your choices.
  • Address healthy eating and fun fitness activities at all grade levels.
Miracle Diets Aren't So Miraculous

Go to any health and diet related website, grocery store, drug store, or any place that talks about weight loss or sells diet aids and supplements and you’ll find miracle diets that promise fast weight loss in a short time. Like a few days. They don’t work. At best you’ll lose a little fat, a lot of water and return to your eating habits right away.

Miracle Diet Hardly a Miracle

This article form the Monterey California Herald is written by a dietitian who’s had enough of the bogus super-quick weight loss diets. Barbara Quinn explains why miracles diets don’t work.

Addressing Fad and Crash Diets in Schools:
  • Talk to students about fad diets, crash diets and healthy diets. Explain why real fat loss takes time.
  • Encourage students (as well as faculty and staff) to choose low-calorie healthful foods in order to achieve permanent weight loss.
  • Don’t forget about exercise. Burning calories leads to weight loss and resistance training builds muscles.
Poor Children- Obesity Rates Declining

Childhood obesity is a problem among families in all economic levels, but it seems like it’s most difficult to conquer in poor families. Unfortunately, healthier foods are often more expensive and easier to find than high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods. But just maybe the tides are turning.

Poor Children Show a Decline in Obesity Rates

This article in the New York Times describes the latest research completed by the federal government and it looks like rates of obesity are starting to decline among poor children. The researchers really aren’t sure why this trend is happening. They believe it could be due to more breast-feeding as babies, less consumption of sugary drinks or changes in foods offered in federal nutrition programs.
Lab Grown Meat

This falls into the category of weird news.  A researcher in the Netherlands used stem cells from cattle to grow meat entirely in a lab. Will this sort of thing appeal to the typical consumer? Sounds creepy, but that’s probably just because we’re not used to the idea.

Lab-Grown Meat is Here – But Will Vegetarians Eat It?

This article from NBC news tells us about the lab-created burgers. Since they’re cruelty-free, some people hope that it will catch on with vegetarians and vegans who might avoid beef for moral reasons.  Looks like this technology is a way off, however, because it cost almost $400,000 to make one burger.
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Foods That are Good for Your Heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is also one of the main causes of death in Canada, and is killing more and more people throughout the world.
Dietary advice for reducing heart disease risk includes eating a balanced diet with less saturated fat from red meat; more fresh fruits, vegetables, fiber, and fish; less sugar and sodium, and for many people, fewer total calories. You can make your heart and the rest of your cardiovascular system even healthier by adding more of these foods:

Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids that protect your heart by reducing both inflammation and the risk of blood clots. These fats also work to keep your cholesterol levels healthy. Eat salmon or other oily ocean fish like tuna, sardines or herring at least two times per week. For a heart-healthy meal, try grilled salmon steaks with a green vegetable and a side salad with a sprinkling of lemon juice instead of high-calorie salad dressing.

Olive Oil
Olive oil reduces your risk of heart disease by lowering your LDL cholesterol levels and is an essential component of a Mediterranean diet, which has been connected with heart health and longevity. Choose olive oil for cooking, or make a nice dip for whole grain bread by pouring a bit of olive oil in a small bowl and add a bit of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of oregano.

Oats contain a soluble fiber called beta glucan that helps reduce total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Soluble fiber also helps keep your digestive system healthy. Enjoy oatmeal with just a small amount of brown sugar and plenty of strawberries and walnuts for breakfast. Cold cereals made with oats are also great with low-fat milk or soy milk plus sliced fresh fruit.

Apples contain a phytochemical called quercetin, which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent and may help prevent blood clots as well. Apples contain vitamins and fiber, come in several delicious varieties and are portable. Eat an apple with a handful of walnuts or almonds as a healthy snack or add apple slices to your salads.

Almonds and other nuts contain healthy oils, vitamin E and other substances that will help keep cholesterol levels in check. Almonds are also a good source of protein and fiber. Almonds make a great snack on their own, or sprinkle slivered almonds on green beans or asparagus with lemon juice as a deliciously healthy side dish.

Whole Grains
Whole grains provide vitamins and fiber that will help to keep your heart healthy. Make a deliciously healthy sandwich with two slices of 100-percent whole grain bread, three ounces of lean turkey breast, lots of sliced tomatoes and avocado, plus lettuce and a bit of mustard. Switch from white pasta to whole grain pasta too.

Green Leafy Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables contain folateand vitamin E. Green leafy vegetables have also been associated with better retention of memory as age. Try using fresh spinach leaves or other greens for your favorite salad instead of iceberg lettuce.

Tomatoes are packed with vitamins and lycopene, which has been associated with a reduced heart disease risk. Add thick slices of tomatoes to sandwiches and salads or enjoy tomato sauce on whole wheat pasta. In fact, cooked tomato sauce and canned tomato sauce that you buy in the store both contain more lycopene than raw tomatoes.

Soy and Soy Foods
Soy protein may prevent heart attacks and it makes an excellent protein substitute for red meat, which will reduce your saturated fat intake. Add tofu to your favorite stir fry or pour soy milk on your morning cereal.

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About Shereen Jegtvig
Shereen Jegtvig is a health and nutrition writer with two decades of experience counseling people on nutrition and diet. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Association of Health Care Journalists.   Shereen writes about nutrition for the large website (, is co-author of Superfoods for Dummies ( and Clinical Anatomy for Dummies ( She also teaches Evidence Based Nutrition to nutrition graduate students at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.