Case Study: ‘Research’ on the Costs of Being Overweight
(October 1st, 1999)
Issue: A study by Policy Analysis Inc. concluded that overweight people cost their employers $12.7 billion in sick time and insurance coverage in 1994 alone.Behind the Scenes: Following in the footsteps of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (whose funding of the anti-tobacco crusade made sense given their strong...
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War On Fat
(October 1st, 1999)
In an unprecedented one-two punch, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the American Obesity Association (AOA) simultaneously launched an all-out war against obesity in America. In their line of fire: restaurants."Obesity is epidemic," said the editors of the influential journal, who devoted an entire issue...
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Bustin’ the Food Cops
(October 1st, 1999)
In a recent ABC 20/20 "ambush" of a popular steakhouse, the food police got caught in their own sting operation. The dining tables were turned on Jayne Hurley of the Center for Science in the Public Interest as she tried to scare the...
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Breakthrough Science Being Burned By Junk Science
(October 1st, 1999)
Just as the "witches" of old Salem were accused, tried and executed without solid evidence, some of today's breakthrough scientific advances - such as genetically engineered (GE) food - are being shunned by an increasingly frightened public.Using half-truths and "junk science," groups like Greenpeace can whip up public...
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