Because the sizes of food portions, especially of fast food, have increased in parallel with rising rates of overweight, health authorities have called on fast-food chains to decrease the sizes of menu items. From 2002 to 2006, we examined responses of fast-food chains to such calls by determining the current sizes of sodas, French fries, and hamburgers at… (More)
PLoS Medicine series on Big Food that examines the activities and influence of the food and beverage industry in the health arena. As the PLoS Medicine series on Big Food (www.ploscollections.org/bigfood) kicks off, let's begin this Essay with a blunt conclusion: Global food systems are not meeting the world's dietary needs . About one billion people are… (More)
The greater energy content of larger food portions could be contributing to the increasing prevalence of overweight. Prevention guidelines recommend "sensible" portion sizes but do not define them. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines standard serving sizes for dietary guidance, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines standard servings… (More)
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PERSPECTIVE 2527 lenged his state's lethal-injection protocol. On April 7, U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard ruled that his execution in North Caro-lina could proceed only if there were " execution personnel with sufficient medical training to ensure that Plaintiff is in all respects unconscious prior to and at the time of the administration of any… (More)
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PERSPECTIVE 2343 be implemented. Some may require changes in law or regulation , and some may require substantial amounts of resources. The agency is now accepting public comment on the content of the proposals, as well as on which draft proposals should be given priority. If the proposals were to be adopted and implemented, the FDA would make substantially… (More)
Commentary Broccoli sprouts as inducers of carcinogen-detoxifying enzyme systems: Clinical, dietary, and policy implications Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States; it accounts for nearly one-fourth of annual deaths (1). Although the rates of some cancers have been declining, rates of others have increased. Thus, despite advances… (More)