Weight and waistlines depend on weekday menu, not weekend splurges

ITHACA, N.Y. – Trying to lose weight? Eating well during the week might be more important than the occasional weekend splurge, says a new study. Researchers examined how the seven-days-a-week human cycle impacts weight. They discovered almost everyone loses weight during the week and gains weight on weekends. “There is a clear weekly rhythm to […]

Secret to health at 70 — play varsity sports in high school

ITHACA, N.Y. – Fit and healthy 70 year olds who don’t frequently visit the doctor have something unexpected in common – they played varsity sports in high school. A new study tracked 712 World War II veterans who were healthy as young men – they had passed a rigorous physical exam when being screened for […]

Healthier Happy Meals help kids cut calories, study shows

ITHACA, N.Y. – Children can eat a favorite fast-food meal and still cut calories, according to a recent Cornell University study of a popular fast-food meal. In 2012, McDonald’s made changes to its Happy Meal to improve the nutritional quality of the popular children’s meal. In a recent study, Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab […]

Nutrition report cards receive high marks in pilot program

ITHACA, N.Y. – Parents receiving academic report cards throughout the school year is commonplace, but a new Cornell University study shows that for healthier nutrition, parents should opt to receive a nutrition report card, too. “This pilot study underscores that a nutrition report card is feasible and efficient… Although the results are preliminary, they suggest […]

Smaller bowls may help curb childhood obesity

ITHACA, N.Y. – Smaller bowl sizes may be the next weapon in the battle against childhood obesity, says a new Cornell study published this week in the Journal of Pediatrics which found children not only ask for more food to fill larger bowls, but they also eat 52 percent more. “The quickest way parents can […]

Slim by buffet design

ITHACA, N.Y. – When diners belly-up to a buffet, food order matters. When healthy foods are first, eaters are less likely to desire the higher calorie dishes later in the line, says a new Cornell University behavioral study in PLOS ONE, Oct. 23. “Each food taken may partly determine what other foods a person selects. […]

Debit cards deduct nutrition from school lunches

ITHACA, N.Y. – School cafeterias that accept only electronic payments may be inadvertently promoting junkier food and adding empty calories to students’ diets, say Cornell behavioral economists in the current issue of the journal Obesity. Paper and videos: http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/op/debitcard To expedite long lunch lines and enable cleaner accounting, about 80 percent of schools use debit […]