First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the National Restaurant Association on the role that restaurant meals play in the health of American children.
Key stats include:
– One-third of all meals today are eaten in restaurants.
– One in three children in this country is overweight or obese. Health consequences include hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.
– Research has shown that kids consume more saturated fat and less fiber and calcium when they eat out. And the meals they eat at restaurants have twice as many calories as the ones they eat at home.
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It's five o'clock. We've all been there - your dogs are barking, eyes bleary and there's a serious rumble in the jungle. All you can think about is what you're going to do, and more importantly, gobble up, once you clock out and ditch the monkey suit. Even chefs like Amanda Freitag, who spend their days surrounded by food, have their post-shift cravings.
Freitag, the former executive chef of New York City's The Harrison, has worked under the notable tutelage of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Alain Passard and Diane Forley. She is a frequent judge on Food Network's "Chopped" and is one of the judges for the five-week "Chopped Champions" series - airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. until September 28.
Five Favorite Foods to Eat When I Get Off Work at Night: Amanda Freitag
TLC’s new show that started September 5 shows people with a compulsion toward a particular food, meaning they eat only one item – like cheeseburgers, french fries or pizzas – all the time.
On the upcoming shows, a 29-year-old mother eats only french fries and a 34 year-old diabetic is addicted to cheeseburgers. In “Freaky Eaters,” psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow and nutrition specialist J.J. Virgin, intervene to figure out what compels the finicky eaters to obsess over the same food.
Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, the medical director for Child and Adolescent Services at the Eating Recovery Center, said he hasn’t heard much about this type of behavior in adults.
“Usually it’s a problem with children with extremely picky eating,” said Bermudez, a past president of the National Eating Disorders Association.
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