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It seems that this was an interesting week for weight in the news.

 All the major news organizations ran a story discussing whether obese children should be taken away from their parents and placed in foster care because it could be considered child abuse.  According to ABC news Dr. David Ludwig an obesity expert at Children’s Hospital Boston wrote an opinion piece that ran in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  The author cites the case of a 12 year old who weighed 400 pounds and had developed diabetes, cholesterol issues, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.  He was only recommending removal of children from their parents in extreme situations.

U. S. News ( ranked the top 20 diets from best to worst and it seems that the DASH diet won top honors and the Paleo diet came in last (but only because the foods may be too difficult to obtain).

A Times article commented on a new Harvard study that suggests that “the quality of your food matters more than the calorie count”.  No real surprise there to any of us who focus on nutrient dense foods.  What was fascinating is that the worst food to eat is potato chips.  The study showed that potato chips led to more weight gain per serving than any other food.

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