• A report entitled “F as in Fat” states that Colorado is the only state with an obesity rate below 20% (but still coming in at a close 19.8%) and Mississippi is the fattest with a rate of 34.4%.  Obesity rates have been rising steadily for the past 15 years, with no state showing any decline in rates. [Reuters]
  • A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research showed that enrollment in Medicaid increased utilization of health services (such as going to the doctor for preventive care), access to care, and self-rated health. The study compared Oregon residents with and without Medicaid (those without did not have other insurance). Now in its second phase, the study sheds light into the actual benefits of having Medicaid coverage. [NYT]
  • Food policy expert Marion Nestle offers up tips for those who want to influence food policy in the San Fransisco Chronicle, stating that the best way to advocate is to “vote with your fork” by making responsible food choices. [SF Chronicle]
  • The European Union agreed on new regulations for labeling nutrition facts on food products, which must be  implemented within 5 years, to combat rising obesity rates on the continent. Labels must include calories, salt, sugar, protein, carbohydrate, fat and saturated fat content and, for meat, country of origin. [Reuters]