The Wellness Report: This Month’s Top Health & Wellness News


Discover the Top Health and Wellness News from September 2019

The Wellness Report breaks down the month’s top health and wellness news! Read on to discover the top stories from September 2019! Also, for expert analysis, read “our take” after each section for a breakdown of each topic provided by the Factor dietitian team.


Well-Known Diet Brand Launches Controversial Diet App for Kids 

Weight Watchers™ recently launched a diet app targeted toward children as young as 8 years old. The app, Kurbo by WW, is a food tracking app that uses traffic light colors to convey the nutritional quality of foods to children easily. According to the app, “green light” foods (e.g., fresh vegetables and lean proteins) are healthy, “yellow light” foods (e.g., low-fat dairy and bread) should be eaten in moderation and “red light ” foods (e.g., french fries and sweets) should be avoided. The app’s goal is to encourage children to adopt healthy habits.

Our Take:

During their formative years, most children need to gain weight to grow. There’s a fine line between encouraging healthy habits and not creating an unhealthy relationship with food. While there are positive aspects of the app, the requirement for children to track their food could cause them to view food in a negative light.


Study Suggests Including 100% Juice Can Improve Children’s Diet Quality

Recent research suggests that concerns over 100% fruit juice leading to childhood weight gain have not been substantiated. The health news report also notes that even though juices often lack fiber, they still retain many of the beneficial nutrients that are found in the whole fruit. Juices may be especially crucial for the diet quality of lower-socioeconomic populations, according to the study.

Our Take:

When reaching for a juice, make sure it is made with 100% juice. Avoid the fruit cocktails with added sugars. In certain populations, the health benefits of drinking 100% juice may be more pronounced than others. It’s essential to look at the overall diet quality and not demonize one particular food or beverage.


High-Protein Bedtime Snacks Don’t Negatively Impact Fat Loss

A recent study on women weightlifters found that protein consumption before bed, compared to during the day, did not negatively impact their ability to lose fat. The study revealed that, for active women, the timing of a protein snack did not impact lipolysis (fat release from fat cells). These results suggest that it is a misconception that nighttime eating causes weight gain.

Our Take:

When it comes to nighttime snacking, it’s like any other time of the day and it’s the food choices that are most important. It is typically unhealthy habits that can lead to weight gain. If you tend to get hungry before bed and need a snack, reach for a snack option containing protein and produce! For example, plain Greek yogurt with ½ cup of berries.

Factor Monthly Wellness Tip:

Always make sure you have quality food options on-hand. That way, you’re prepared when hunger strikes. It’s also important to make sure you’re eating enough food throughout the day so you can avoid extreme hunger, which can lead to unhealthy snacking.

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