Linda L. Leake

Obesity has evolved into a major health concern in our society, says James Painter ([email protected]), Chairperson, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill.

Products like these ice cream novelties, which have been reformulated or repackaged to contain a lower amount of calories, display the caloric content prominently on the front of the packages.

“It’s not a mystery how this happened,” he says. “We have lost track of what we eat, and we eat too much.”

Since the mid-1970s, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased sharply for both adults and children. Data from two U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Co…

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