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Calories from newspaper dessert recipes are associated with community obesity rates.
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PMID:  17479822     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to determine if the nutrient content of recipes available in newspapers is related to community obesity rates. METHODS: All recipes published in the major newspapers for 3 cities with populations of 400,000 or more from 4 geographic areas within the United States the last week of August 2000 were accessed. The recipes were grouped as entree, dessert, accompaniment, snack, appetizer, or beverage, and the nutrient content per serving for each recipe was calculated. The nutrient content was correlated with data on self-reported obesity rates in these same cities. RESULTS: Total mean kcalories per dessert serving ranged from 180.0 to 599.0 (mean=315.5) and total mean kcalories per entree serving ranged from 265.4 to 567.3 (mean=436.7). Obesity rates for the 12 cities ranged from 16.8% to 28.2% (mean=21.1%). The average total caloric content of dessert recipes was significantly associated with the percent obese in the metropolitan cities (correlation=0.76, P-value=0.011). The total caloric content of entrée recipes was not significantly associated with the obesity rate (P=0.59). DISCUSSION: While these data cannot be interpreted as causal, they are intriguing and suggest that newspapers may play a greater role in promoting or preventing obesity than previously recognized.
Catherine A McCarty; Daniel J McCarty; Annie C Wetter
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  WMJ : official publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin     Volume:  106     ISSN:  1098-1861     ISO Abbreviation:  WMJ     Publication Date:  2007 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-05-07     Completed Date:  2007-06-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9716054     Medline TA:  WMJ     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  68-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Center for Human Genetics, 1000 N Oak Ave (ML1), Marshfield, WI 54449, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Energy Intake
Nutrition Assessment
Nutritive Value
Obesity / epidemiology*
United States / epidemiology

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