childhood obesity

Why Mickey Mouse Is Shaping Up on Childhood Obesity

Disney is making the food at its theme parks more healthful, and in 2015, it will begin applying nutritional standards to the foods advertised on its networks. Is this good-nutrition shift altruism, or just smart marketing? CEO Robert A. Iger says it's both.

Wal-Mart Debuts 'Great for You' Seal

Wal-Mart Stores plans to help its customers figure that out by adding a new green icon that reads "Great for You" to packaging of some of its house-brand foods. The green and white seal, which shows the stylized outline of a human figure with its arms spread toward the sky, is part of a multiyear campaign the world's largest retailer is undertaking to promote healthier products and fight childhood obesity.

Why Investors Should Fear Soda Taxes

With both obesity and fiscal austerity on the rise, makers of unhealthy foods are a tempting target for taxation. While companies like Coca-Cola and McDonald's are most obviously in the sights of the food police, the rest of the food industry may be vulnerable as well.

First Lady, Grocers Bring Stores to Food Deserts

As part of a plan to increase access to high-quality nutritious foods, First Lady Michelle Obama announced on Wednesday that she is teaming up with several of the country's largest food retailers. From healthier foods to new jobs, see what's in store for big chains like Walmart.

Is Cap'n Crunch Easing Quietly Into Retirement?

Quaker Oats, which manufactures the cereal, and parent company PepsiCo, appear to have distanced themselves from the highly sweetened brand. Indeed, Cap'n Crunch's Crunch Berries is tied for first on a Yale list of the least nutritional cereals marketed to children and families.

Why Happy Meals Toys are Controversial in California

Forget California's huge budget deficits, high unemployment levels and nasty political campaigns. One of the most polarizing issues in the Golden State today is about a proposal to ban Happy Meals toys in San Francisco.

Advocacy Group to Sue McDonald's for Making Kids Fat

McDonald's may be forced to defend itself on a new battlefront in the war against obesity. The Center for Science in the Public Interest said Tuesday that it will sue the world's largest restaurant chain unless it stops using toys to promote Happy Meals.

McDonald's Quietly Closes Up Shop on 'Sesame Street'

For the first time in about seven years, McDonald's is no longer a corporate sponsor of the venerable kids' show, a relationship that activists have long derided given the program's commitment to promoting healthy eating as childhood obesity rates soar.

Is Pepsi's Removal of Sodas from Schools Just a Publicity Stunt?

As a step in the journey to address the nation's crushing childhood obesity crisis, Pepsi's removal of sugary sodas from schools is merely a symbolic move. Not only will the company's sales be nominally (if at all)impacted, but it won't stop kids from drinking sodas either.