Food Labeling Requirements Could Make Older Americans Rethink Dining Out

It’s no secret that older Americans’ waistlines are expanding. From 2004 to 2013, the proportion of adults ages 50 and older who were obese increased 21 percent, from 25 to 31 percent of the population*. Associated with chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes, rising levels of obesity are taking a toll on individual health and quality of life, as well as health care costs. Among all age groups, obesity accounts for approximately 21 percent of all health spending. One contributor to …

Dining Out On A Diet: How To Save Calories, Money

Americans love to eat out. Of every dollar we spend on food, nearly half — 48 cents — goes to the restaurant industry. (Compare that to 1955, when only 25 cents of every food dollar went toward dining out.) All told, each day Americans shell out a whopping $1.7 billion on meals out, says the National Restaurant Association. Obviously, the restaurant industry is quite happy about this, but the health experts who look at our ever-expanding waistlines are not so …

Counting Calories: 10 Common Myths Busted

For those trying to lose weight, counting calories is making a comeback. Until recently, dieting Americans have been urged to eat less — or more — of a certain type of food like carbs, fat, protein or fiber, rather than pay attention to those pesky numbers. But this year, chain restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, convenience stores, coffee chains and vending machines will be required under the health care law to post the amount of calories in each item on menus. …