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11Domino’s Rolls Out New Toppings-Only Pizza With Fried Chicken Crust

Domino’s is introducing a new topping-only pizza with a fried chicken crust next week.

There are four “Specialty Chicken” dishes that will appear on Domino’s menus April 21.

The new Crispy Bacon & Tomato, Spicy Jalapeno & Pineapple, Classic Hot Buffalo and Sweet BBQ Bacon chicken dishes are accompanied by the slogan, “Failure is an option.”

Failure to what? Matt McFarland of the Washington Post calls it a failure of innovation.

“Just how absurd and twisted can food in America get? In a nation overrun with obesity, our corporations keep belching out bizarre new things they call food,” McFarland wrote.

“Yes, that’s Specialty Chicken. This isn’t just chicken in the eyes of Domino’s, which has the gall to call the food an innovation,” he said.

“Our new Specialty Chicken is one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had,” Domino’s Pizza chief marketing officer Russell Weiner said in a release.

"We are proud to be known as a pizza company, but Specialty Chicken shows we are not afraid to step out of our comfort zone and take risks -- something that is truly part of our brand fabric,” Russell said. “Not every risk we have taken has turned out to be successful, but as a brand we have learned that sometimes you have to fail in order to be great."

“Umm, Russell, I’m sorry, but I have news,” McFarland wrote. “Menu items that are short on good nutrition and long on gimmicks, novelty and processed foods are the rage. You’re not doing anything new.”

Sources: Washington Post, UPI


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11USDA's Smart Snacks In School Program Set To Take Effect In July (Video)

Schools all across the nation are preparing for July 1, 2014, when the USDA’s new Smart Snacks in School program will take effect.

Under the new program, all public schools receiving federal funding will have to comply with new, stringent nutritional guidelines for food sold in schools. In short, junk food is about to be booted from your child's lunch menu.

In addition to the requirements discussed in a USDA video below, all food sold in schools must meet at least one of the following requirements:

- Be a “whole grain-rich” grain product

- Have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food

- Be a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup fruit and/or vegetable

- Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of a nutrient of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber).

The effort is the latest on behalf of the government to fight America’s very real – and very expensive – obesity epidemic. Fat-filled lunch choices in school have no doubt played a role in America’s world-worst 21% obesity rate among children 12-19 years old.

For a full rundown on the nutritional rules set to take place in schools, watch this short USDA video:

Sources: USDA, CDC


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11Surgeons At Cincinnati Hospital Stop Gastric Bypass On Alexis Shapiro, 12, Due To Enlarged Liver

Alexis Shapiro, a 12-year-old Texas girl who has experienced rapid weight gain due to hypothalamic obesity, remains in the pediatric ICU at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center after surgeons changed plans midway through gastric bypass surgery Friday due to her enlarged liver.

Alexis, of Cibolo, Texas, who is 4-foot-7 and weighs 203 pounds, suffers from a rare condition called hypothalamic obesity related to brain surgery she underwent previously. The medical procedure caused her to pack on over 140 pounds in two years, according to the Daily Mail.

Around 11 a.m. Friday, the Cincinnati hospital’s staff live-tweeted on Twitter that the surgeons could not move forward with the gastric bypass because it turns out Alexis’ liver is bigger than they had anticipated. Operation was no longer the girl’s safest option.

The team of doctors decided to go on with what they called a “staged approach,” and perform a sleeve gastrectomy, which reduces the stomach to 25 percent of its original size.

According to the hospital’s Twitter page:

“We were very pleased with the outcome of the operation,” Dr. Thomas Inge said at a press conference. “So it was not disappointing at all.”

Dr. Inge said that it has not been decided whether or not the gastric bypass surgery will move forward, it all depends on Alexis’ progress.

He adds that while sleeve gastrectomy is an effective and popular weight-loss option, the 12-year-old may not be able to lose as much weight with it as with a bypass.

The weight-loss surgery to remove part of the vagus nerve that controls appetite was also cancelled, the New York Daily News reported.

“I think she will have a new normal,” Dr. Inge said about Alexis’ future.

Alexis is said to be doing well and recovering in the ICU, where physicians are monitoring her fluid levels and blood sugars. She will stay there all weekend, possibly until the end of next week because of medical problems, like Type 2 diabetes and pulmonary disease.

She is expected to stay on a ventilator overnight. Doctors will discuss tomorrow whether or not to remove her breathing tube.

Dr. Inge said Alexis will be able to go home to Texas with her parents in about two weeks.

According to the Daily Mail, after a military health insurance, TRICARE, rejected the family’s initial request for coverage due to lack of information about Alexis’ condition, her family was afraid appealing would be a longer process than she had.

“These kids will literally eat themselves to death,” Jenny Shapiro said. “That’s what I’m scared of.”

Alexis, who is now being home-schooled with no friends, has withdrawn into her shell because of her condition. However, the overwhelming amount of support and funds on the “Hope for Alexis” GoFundMe page has given Alexis hope.

“I hope this Friday will be the beginning of the end of all of her pain and insecurities,” according to a blog post by Jenny Shapiro. “I hope she won’t have to endure another day feeling like she is starving. I hope she will be able to think about fun things, not just when she will get to eat next.”


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11Good News: Obesity In Young Children Down 43% Over Last Decade

America's youngest citizens have something to be proud of.

New data released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that obesity rates from children ages 2-5 are down 43% over the past 10 years.  The CDC also reports that obesity rates for young children on federal nutrition plans are down too. Both decreases are the first in their categories in decades.

“We continue to see signs that, for some children in this country, the scales are tipping,” CDC director Tom Frieden said. “This report comes on the heels of previous CDC data that found a significant decline in obesity prevalence among low-income children aged 2 to 4 years participating in federal nutrition programs.”

The CDC does not pin down the exact reasons for the drop in obesity rates. However, they do note that childcare centers and elementary schools have placed more focus on physical activity and nutrition over the past decade as information about America’s obesity epidemic has spread.

Frieden said the news “confirms that at least for kids, we can turn the tide and begin to reverse the obesity epidemic.”

Not surprisingly, the CDC data also shows a drop in the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in recent years.

First Lady Michelle Obama released a statement on the data in which she praised the progress made by America’s youth.

“I am thrilled at the progress we’ve made over the last few years in obesity rates among our youngest Americans,” she said, adding that “healthier habits are beginning to become the new norm” in children.

While the news is good for children, the rest of us still have work to do. The CDC’s numbers, which were published in the Journal of American Medical Association, show that obesity rates remain unchanged for the broader population.

Keep it up, young ones.

Source: CDC


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11Too Big For Prison? Man Claims He Can't Go To Prison Because He Is Too Obese

A man convicted of stealing millions of dollars in a real-estate scam says he is too obese for prison.

In December, Florida resident James Olivos pleaded guilty to fraud charges and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was also ordered to pay back nearly $3 million to the victims of his scheme.

Olivos has missed three surrender dates in the months following his sentencing. Each time, he cites a list of medical reasons for why he can’t be properly cared for in prison. He lists obesity, rectal bleeding, coughing up blood, pain in his feet, and ADHD as reasons he must be kept out of jail.

Prior to his recent court hearing, WESH reporter Bob Kealing asked Olivos if he planned to claim he was still too obese for prison.

“Do you still contend you are too morbidly obese?” Kealing asked.

“Yes, I am, sir,” Olivos answered. "Thank you very much."

At the hearing, presiding magistrate Karla Spaulding called Olivos out on his excuses. She said he was “stalling to avoid prison.”

“I don’t see anything that confirms these complaints,” Spaulding added. The judge said the only reason she didn’t have Olivos arrested immediately following his hearing is because she didn’t preside over his original trial.

Legal analyst Richard Hornsby says it’s common for criminals to try to push back prison sentences using bogus medical reasons.

"They realize that they suddenly have to pay the piper and that they're going to have to pay for their crimes, and they're trying to get out of it any way they can," he said.

Sources: WESH, KSDK


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11Barack Obama, Joe Biden Awkwardly Jog Around White House In 'Let's Move' Promo (Video)

In a new promotional video for Michelle Obama’s "Let’s Move" campaign, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden take an awkward jog around the White House in their dress shoes and work attire.

Michelle appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon last week to kick off the campaign’s four-year anniversary. She promised that if viewers promoted the event on social media, the president would show his moves, too.

"Mr. President, are you ready to move?" Biden asks as he steps into the Oval Office.

"Absolutely," Obama says, getting up from his desk. "Let's do this thing. Let's move."

After a brief run and an appearance from the first dogs, they return to the Oval Office to find glasses on water on the president’s desk.

“After a good workout, you gotta drink up,” Obama said. “Otherwise, we’re going to be in trouble with Jill and Michelle.”

Sources: TheBlaze, Daily Mail


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11Morbidly Obese Woman Gets Separated From Husband And Mom After They Fed Her A 7,000 Calorie-A-Day Diet

A morbidly obese woman was separated from her husband and mother after doctors found out that they were feeding her a 7,000 calorie-a-day diet.

Christina, who is 23 years old and 640 pounds, moved from Mississippi to Houston to lose the weight needed in order to get bypass surgery.

But instead of losing weight, she gained 17 pounds in four weeks.

Christina, who was featured TLC’s Tuesday night episode of “My 600-lb. Life,” suggested her weight gain was a result of water retention.

But Dr. Nowzaradan didn’t buy it.

“It’s not water, for that you’ve got to drink at least 300 gallons,” the doctor said on last night’s episode. “You gained weight because you feel comfortable with your eating.”

Her mother admitted on camera that she is a part of the problem. Christina had been eating a diet consisting of pizza, hamburgers and fries, despite being told to cut back on high-in-fat foods.

“You’re right, you’re absolutely right. We’re the ones enabling her to do this,” her mother said. “We haven’t been able to cook proper food.”

In order to gain those 17 pounds in four weeks, Dr. Nowzaradan estimates that Christina would have been consuming 7,000 calories a day.

The doctor then decided to hospitalize Christina so she could lose the needed weight for surgery. She was able to lose 122 pounds under medical supervision, but then returned home and also returned to her bad eating habits.

She lost only 2 pounds in the next month.

at that point, Christina told Nowzaradan she was only eating one meal a day.

“Christina’s not telling me the truth. She’s done very well but this month her weight loss has come to plateau,” he said. “She has to stick with the program. She needs to stay focused and continue with her diet.”

At her heaviest, Christina weighed 678 pounds at the age of 22. At 17, she was over 400 pounds.

Having struggled with her weight at a young age, Christina distanced herself from her friends and got married to her husband Zach. She did not leave her home for four years.

Now, the young woman says she just wants to go to college and have a “normal marriage.”


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11Each Fast Food Meal Raises Your BMI .03, Study Says

The World Health Organization is calling on world governments to make fast food less attractive to citizens after a new study found that every fast food meal a person eats causes their body mass index (BMI) to go up 0.03 points.

BMI is a globally used measurement for obesity based on a person’s weight and height. More than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, based on this scale.

Researchers in Ireland and the U.S. linked fast food to obesity rates using data on fast-food sales per capita from 1999 to 2008 in high-income countries.

“While the average number of annual fast food transactions per capita increased from 26.61 to 32.76, average BMI increased from 25.8 to 26.4,” researchers reported in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

The highest increase in fast-food intake and average BMI were found in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand.

“The more aggressive market-liberalized countries have a higher consumption of fast food,” explained study lead author Dr. Roberto De Vogli of the department of Public Health Sciences at the University of California, Davis.

“Unless governments take steps to regulate their economies, the invisible hand of the market will continue to promote obesity worldwide with disastrous consequences for future public health and economic productivity,” De Vogli said.

De Vogli and colleagues from Queens University Belfast and the University of Texas say that government must take responsibility and disincentivize highly-processed fast food production.

“There is no question,” De Volgi added. “Big corporations have a mission to maximize profit. If we hope and expect that profit-driven businesses will safeguard public health, it is pure illusion.”

“The take-home message is that, although free-market policies are not to be demonized, it appears quite clear that in order to fight the obesity epidemic, a stronger role of government intervention is necessary,” he said.

The World Health Organization agrees.

“This study shows how important public policies are for addressing the epidemic of obesity,” said Dr. Francesco Branca, director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at WHO.

“Policies targeting food and nutrition are needed across several sectors including agriculture, industry, health, social welfare and education,” he said.

Sources: The Independent, NBC New


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11440-Pound Woman Trapped in Parents' Basement Loses Nearly 200 Pounds After Suicide Attempt

An Illinois woman featured on TLC’s “My 600-Pound Life” lost nearly 200 pounds after a suicide attempt opened her eyes.

The woman, identified only as “Olivia,” weighed 440 pounds and had been bullied about her weight for most of her life.  She was also sexually abused by her cousin at the age of 7.

“I grew up in an abusive house,” Olivia (pictured) told ABC News. “My stepfather was not sexually abusive, but he did hit us.”

By the age of 12, Olivia weighed 180 pounds. After constantly being ridiculed by classmates, Olivia dropped out of high school her senior year.

It was then that Olivia began her path toward morbid obesity.

She confined herself to her parents’ basement, where her family enabled her obesity by bringing her any and all snacks she asked for.

Only her twin sister brought her healthy snacks, Olivia notes.

When a basement flood nearly ended her life, Olivia knew she had to make a change.

“I was half-way up to my waist in water,” she told ABCNews.com. “I had been depressed and my parents were separated, and I was alone and trapped. I knew I would have to pull myself high up. … I fell asleep and the next thing you know, I had collapsed in black, dirty water. I didn’t think twice about putting my feet in the water with the electricity running through the house.”

Her sister eventually rescued her from the basement, but all of her belongings were destroyed during the flood.

Shortly thereafter, Olivia attempted suicide.

She reportedly swallowed 50 vicodin in a desperate effort to kill herself. She told ABC that seeing her twin sister’s face after waking up in the hospital forced her to confront reality.

Now, Olivia has vowed to transform her entire lifestyle. She has reportedly moved to Houston and lost more than 200 pounds. She suffers from extreme lymphedema in her legs, which makes it incredibly painful for her to walk around.

Olivia underwent gastro sleeve surgery in June, notes ABC. She has lost 233 pounds so far.

“I just set my mind to it,” she told ABC. “It was determination, wanting to lose weight. I am Mexican and we eat tortillas and rice and beans, the food that makes you gain weight. I just stopped eating all that.”

Olivia lives with family now, but hopes to eventually be completely self-sufficient.

“I feel wonderful,” she said. "I feel as if I have been reborn. I can go out and face the world. There is nothing to scare me or bother me. Nothing stops me now.”

Sources: ABC News, Broadway World


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11Woman Sues Employer After Being ‘Crushed’ By 661-Pound Man

A North Queensland, Australia woman is suing her employer after she was allegedly crushed by a morbidly obese client of hers.

Therese Gai McCormack, a 46-year-old support worker, is seeking $406,903.43 in damages after a 661-pound (300kg) man fell on her while she was transporting the man to a hospital.

McCormack alleges she suffered a soft tissue injury to her right shoulder and an injury to the joint when the man crushed her on June 15, 2011. She claims the injury required her to receive surgery on her right shoulder, but continues to experience pain in her right shoulder and arm.

According to documents filed with the Townsville District Court, the man was a client of McCormack’s and was on his way to see a dentist. McCormack found the patient lying face down in the taxi with his feet sticking out of the sliding door.

McCormack called her employer to request assistance in lifting the man up, but was told the hospital would provide help.

As she and two male nurses attempted to lift the man into the taxi, the man fell backwards and on top of McCormack, the Townsville Bulletin reports.

McCormack was allegedly knocked into the passenger seat immediately behind the driver’s seat, causing her injuries.

She is now suing her employer for “failing to provide a safe workplace,” or provide a specialized ambulance and double-seater wheelchair to transport the patient to the hospital, according to the Bulletin.

Source: Townsville Bulletin


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