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Whenever I hear a health care professional telling people with type 2 diabetes or who are worried about getting cancer from “red meat” or “processed meats” to eat more chicken, I cringe.

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There is a growing understanding that improving student health isn't just about serving healthier foods – it’s also about promoting healthier lifestyles. Reducing junk food marketing to children is a key part of that task, and San Francisco Unified has been at the leading edge of such efforts.

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Children consume a bigger proportion of their daily calories from added sugars than adults, and the concerns go beyond nutrition. New research suggests that fructose can activate the brain's reward regions and generate hunger and cravings for other high-calorie foods.

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How does someone argue against the seemingly seemingly rational argument that people should go on drinking as much soda as they want as long as they get exercise, too? With facts.

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The sweetened-beverage industry frequently pushes the idea that you should be free to consume whatever you want as long as you exercise afterward. Maybe beverage warning labels should point out how long you'd need to exercise to burn off the calories.

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A bill that would have required warning labels on sugary beverages died in the California legislature. Meanwhile, evidence continues to link such drinks to chronic diseases.

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At the EAT Stockholm Food Forum, speakers took on junk food and suggested the debate between freedom and regulation is a false one. But attempts to regulate food have backfired. Some argue politicians now must persuade people that the freedom to eat bad food is no freedom at all.

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Everybody knows that smoking causes cancer, and that obesity causes heart disease, but even most doctors and scientists I speak to have no idea about the very large effect obesity has on cancer.

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Many of the nation's hungry children live in big cities like Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Chicago, according to Feeding America. But among the top places for childhood "food insecurity" are a few surprises, including Orange County, California.

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For the 47 million Americans dependent on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the bad news keeps on coming. Cuts in November might be followed by billions more as Congress considers legislation.

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