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The Checkup: January 3, 2010 - January 9, 2010

Is that Right? 90-calorie Coke helps consumers balance calories

(Coca-Cola) If ever there were a case of damned if you do, damned if you don't, the new 90-calorie cans of Coca-Cola that hit grocery shelves in the D.C. area in December fit the bill. As reported in the Post's "All We Can Eat" blog in October, the new...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Tweeting through a crisis

The sad tale of a Florida mother who posted a message on Twitter just half an hour after calling 911 to report she'd found her 2-year-old son at the bottom of a swimming pool (where he had in fact drowned) raises all kinds of questions. Chief among them: Is there...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Family Health , Psychology , Social Media  
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Computerized nag fights obesity

Can a computerized nag help fight the obesity epidemic? A new British study indicates it could. Julian Hamilton-Shield at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and colleagues studied 106 obese children and teenagers. Half the group received a Mandometer, a device developed at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The Mandometer...

By Rob Stein  |  January 6, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Measuring medicine? Don't use kitchen spoons

People who use kitchen spoons to measure medicine typically end up with too big or too small a dose, new research shows. Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab and author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, led a study published today...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 5, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Family Health  
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Packaged diet meals rate pretty high -- with caveats

If your New Year's resolutions include losing weight, and if you choose to do so by incorporating packaged diet meals into your diet, you'll want to check out this assessment of their quality. Consumer Reports today released its roundup of frozen and shelf-stable diet meals, and the news was, for...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 5, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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More menu-labeling news

A new study out of Yale University's psychology department examines the relationship between the way calorie-content information is (or isn't) posted on menus and the amount people eat. Research published December 17 in the American Journal of Public Health examined the amount of food people ate during and after meals...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 4, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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