MeMe Roth Is Hungry (For The Spotlight)
(May 31st, 2007)
Wow. Apparently obesity zealot MeMe Roth has taken a page from Lindsay Lohan’s publicity playbook: After publicly embarrassing yourself, instead of showing remorse and making amends, do something even more offensive. Last Wednesday the publicist-turned-activist had to be physically restrained from vandalizing a YMCA snack table -- an...
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Forbidden Fruit Roundup
(May 30th, 2007)
Though different dieters may have different meals on their plates, they all have the same thing on their minds: food. Numerous studies show that as people tighten the limits on the types and amount of food they're "allowed" to consume, their thoughts become increasingly preoccupied with those "forbidden" foods...
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Quotes Of The Week
(May 29th, 2007)
In Sunday's Dallas Morning News, syndicated columnist and consumer choice crusader Jacob Sullum profiles one of the Center for Consumer Freedom’s new heroes -- professor Barry Glassner, whose new book The Gospel of Food takes a jackhammer to the sloppy science, culinary pretension, and...
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PETA Kills Animals: The Drug-Laced Update
(May 25th, 2007)
Yesterday afternoon in Norfolk, Virginia, the Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported that the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has developed a particular interest in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). On April 18 a dozen DEA agents searched PETA’s headquarters for...
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Real Cops Called On Food Cop
(May 24th, 2007)
Boycotting motivational programs, demonizing Girl Scouts, and banning birthday cupcakes are just part of a day's work for "executive publicist/advocate for brain, body, libido" MeMe Roth. Roth is the founder of National Action Against Obesity (NAAO). Yesterday the Philadelphia Spring Valley YMCA had to read more here »

Obesity Activists’ Imaginations Are Bigger Than Our Stomachs
(May 23rd, 2007)
An all-star cast of obesity scaremongers has re-upped its efforts to attribute huge death tolls to overeating. Articles recently published in the International Journal of Obesity and the Journal of Women's Health aim to poke holes in the revised -- and generally accepted -- Centers for Disease Control...
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The (D)evolution of Public Health
(May 22nd, 2007)
Government intervention "in the name of public health" carries a different meaning today compared to its implications a hundred years ago. And that change in definition has broad implications for consumer freedom. In the May 2007 issue of Reason magazine, Jacob Sullum outlines three critical changes in public...
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Voices Of Reason And Consumer Freedom
(May 21st, 2007)
While activists and policymakers sanctimoniously push eccentric edicts on the population in the name of health, the environment, and (most popularly) the children, there is at least one voice speaking out in the name of individual freedom: The Center For Consumer Freedom. On the Sunday opinion page of the...
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Food labels on menus make no sense
(May 20th, 2007)

Be warned. Perrier, plastic bags and Grandma's pot roast are the latest threats to public health.

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, may soon try to ban carbonated water from schools, based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine. Boston, Phoenix, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Portland, Ore., want to follow San Francisco's...
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State being alarmist in mercury standard
(May 18th, 2007)
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has made a serious mistake in changing its health standard for traces of mercury in fish. ("State issues warnings for consuming fish," April 27)The 0.3 parts-per-million standard TDEC has adopted is called an "ambient water quality criterion." It refers to the safety...
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