In our series on BMI, I’ve explained some of the basics of BMI as well as the history behind the BMI scale. Now onto the juicy information: the inherent flaws of the BMI system. There are quite a few, and I’m sure you can name even more. When the Body Mass Index was born, a series of weight-height tables were constructed using data from several insurance companies. Unfortunately, when these were made and since revised, there were several variables not taken into consideration as well as flaws in the data collection process:
Because of all the above, it’s difficult to say whether BMI is a good measure for anyone. We know that it is not idea for children and athletes in particular. Thus, the conclusion of our BMI series leaves me with several questions:
A few weeks ago we got a great review from Common Sense Media. Now the folks at MyDigitalFamily have listed Playnormous as a good website for cultivating family relationships and enhancing child development due to its “family-friendly content” and “opportunities for family members to fully and positively interact with each other.” Wow!
MyDigitalFamily was founded by Dr. Eitan D. Schwarz, MD , a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry that has devoted his life to the health of children and families. Like the Playnormous Health Games team, MyDigitalFamily.org wants parents to use video games, computers, and other media to better the lives of their children. They believe that parents should prepare their kids for life in a media-rich world by thinking positively about media and adopting it with their kids. This includes feeding them a nutritious media diet (including Playnormous!). MyDigitalFamily.org has complied a large list of online resources for families including parent resources and websites with relationship value, educational value, and safe socialization opportunities. This is a up-and-coming site that every parent should check out!
Cheerios are on the chopping block with the FDA this week. Cheerios, known for its almost two year marketing campaign which boasts “We’re made of whole grains” and “Cheerios can reduce cholesterol 4-6% in six weeks” may be seeing lawsuits if they don’t shape up. The FDA issued a warning letter to General Mills that stated the cereal has “serious violations” due to their health-related claims. According to the letter,
“Based on claims made on your product’s label, we have determined that your Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oats Cereal is promoted for conditions that cause it to be a drug because the product is intended for use in the prevention, mitigation and treatment of disease.”
The Cheerios website is now accompanied by a large splash page which states “The science is not in question.” and is also quick to point out that their heart healthy message has been approved by the FDA for twelve years. Good for you, Cheerios!
Unfortunately, according to an article in AdAge, marketers should take the Cheerios warning letter to heart. The FDA will be receiving $3.2 billion next year, it’s largest budget in history, which will give the FDA even more opportunities to double check health-based claims. Could this revitalized and refinanced FDA have an impact on health games?
Every good lunchbox needs a good snack. We expect kids to eat just turkey sandwiches and salads all the time. Here are some great snack options to add a little oomph to that bland lunchbox:
To ensure a healthy snacking experience, make sure to always read the label. Many consumers learned this lesson the hard way with the deceptively “healthy soda alternative” Vitaminwater situation. Make sure the snacks you include in your healthy lunchbox do not contain hydrogenated oils and are not high in sugar. Nutritionist Christine Schultz of My Body, LLC recommends that snacks should not contain:
For more information, visit the National Dietary Guidelines for Americans page. Also try playing our Playnormous Health Game Food Fury to learn which snacks should be eaten often (G0), some of the time (Slow), and rarely (Whoa).
Kid-friendly foods are notorious for being tasty, colorful, but just plain unhealthy. Time Magazine released a list of some of the most popular kid foods that parents should think twice about before adding to the daily menu. Most are packed with sodium and sugar. Is your kid’s favorite here?