Blame The Couch, Not Food Industry, For Obesity
(December 31st, 2007)
Holidays are the season for nostalgia. Without fail, reference to the “good old days” often turns into debates over contemporary headaches. Whatever the topic (crime, taxes,popular music, etc.), everyone seems to think it must have been better way back when.But that’s not always the case. Consider obesity.Many health officials criticize...
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Quote of the Week
(December 31st, 2007)
The national debate about our country’s weight is often an exercise in playing the blame game. If activists and health officials can successfully pin responsibility for your love handles on anyone other than you (see food companies, beverage makers, restaurants, etc.), the door to freedom-limiting policy prescriptions and frivolous...
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Donations Are Deductible; Taxes Are Not
(December 28th, 2007)
For years politicians have tried to levy extra taxes on our favorite foods in the name of public health (and bureaucratic spending). It looks as if 2008 will bring more of the same:San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom recently announced plans to charge an extra...
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Common Sense Stocking Stuffers
(December 27th, 2007)
Over the holiday, while Santa and his elves were busy spreading Christmas cheer, Consumer Freedom researchers were busy spreading a little common sense. In a matter of days, a dozen newspapers nationwide featured glowing reviews of our latest report: Small Choices, Big Bodies. Looming New Year’s resolutions have...
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Make Sure Santa Gives Gifts, Not Lawsuits
(December 21st, 2007)
When Santa comes down the chimney, he can't help but drink the milk and eat the cookies kids leave out for him. Sadly, in this litigious age, he may leave behind one extra Christmas present: a fat lawsuit for contributing to his bowl-full-of-jelly gut.

That's why we've drawn...
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Here Comes the ‘Don’t Sue Me Santa Clause,’ Right Down Lawsuit Lane
(December 20th, 2007)

With Christmas quickly approaching, millions of Americans are preparing to celebrate time-honored traditions like caroling, tree-trimming, and leaving cookies and milk out for Santa. But in today’s era of trans fat bans and frivolous lawsuits, serving baked goods to the jolly old fat man could put you on the...
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Vegan food a deterrent
(December 20th, 2007)
I think it's marvelous that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is tracking how many prisons serve vegan food ("Utah State Prison makes PETA's top 10 veggie-friendly penitentiaries," Dec. 18.) In fact, meatless and dairy-free food should be mandatory in all our nation's prisons. The threat of that...
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CCF To Soda-Tax Junkies: Get Your Own House In Order
(December 20th, 2007)
San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom’s plan to impose a citywide surcharge on soda sales has rightly drawn the ire of consumer groups coast to coast. Too bad it’s also drawn the applause of nutrition zealots giddy at the prospect of having their science-free, anti-food dogmas written into law. Yesterday...
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A Little Less Scare, A Little More Sense
(December 19th, 2007)
A new study illustrates that scare tactics are ineffective when it comes to changing people’s eating behavior. The University of Adelaide in Australia found that unrelenting warnings about “bad” food don’t impact consumers’ choices, leading researchers to conclude that “promoting ‘healthy’ fast food consumption might be the...
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U.S. cancer rates steadily decreasing
(December 18th, 2007)
It seems a recent report on cancer and the human diet has created a lot of buzz and at least one phony letter-writing campaign by anti-meat activists. The same exact letter submitted by Lyle Clark of Lafayette ("Cancer Research Fund links cancer, red meat," Dec. 12) also appeared, word-for-word,...
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