Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey , the president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation , the largest health philanthropy in the U.S., said Wal-Mart Stores Inc .’s pledge to reduce the salt and sugar content in the food it sells is an important step toward curbing childhood obesity.
McDonald’s Corp., which sells 750- calorie Double Quarter Pounders with cheese, will start offering fruit, salads and vegetables instead of fries with value meals in a push to get its diners to make healthier choices.
Obesity rates among low-income preschool children fell in 19 U.S. states and territories in 2011, suggesting a decades-long rise in young children’s weight may be reversing, U.S. health officials said.
Walt Disney Co., aiming to combat childhood obesity by banning junk-food ads, will require that food and beverage advertising to kids on its TV networks and radio stations meet new nutritional standards by 2015.
First lady Michelle Obama won pledges today from food and beverage companies including Campbell Soup Co ., Kraft Foods Inc ., Kellogg Co ., General Mills Inc . and PepsiCo Inc., to reduce the calorie counts in their products.