Obesity Expert: Food Is Not The Problem
(March 31st, 2008)
International obesity expert Dr. Maurice Larocque told a conference in Dublin this weekend that “much of the obesity epidemic worldwide has been caused by a more sedentary lifestyle.” Surprised? Sounding like she took a chapter straight out of CCF’s “Small Choices, Big Bodies” report, Dr. Larocque continued:...
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Group promotes meatless myth
(March 30th, 2008)
Vegetarian eating is a fine choice for the tiny fraction of Americans who practice it. But there's no evidence that it's a sure ticket to weight loss or a valid treatment for cancer or diabetes. ("Hold the meat, please," March 23)The principal promoter of this myth is an...
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Lobbying group has few doctors
(March 28th, 2008)
When, oh when, will reporters stop referring to the so-called “Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine” as a medical group (“AG’s office investigating Chandler council’s approval of Covance lab,” March 12)?The animal rights organization is many things, but it’s not a “physicians group.” Less than 4 percent of its members...
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A Desperate Slaughterhouse, PETA Flexes Its Legal Muscle
(March 28th, 2008)
Since our wildly popular PETA Kills Animals website debuted in 2005, more than six million people have seen its startling message. And public knowledge that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals killed more than 97 percent of the dogs and cats in its care during...
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Bureaucrat Tries To Distract Consumers With Half-Baked Catchphrase
(March 28th, 2008)
When they can’t convince Americans that having fewer choices is a better deal, paper-pushing paternalists get crafty. Unable to take “unhealthy” snacks away, nanny legislators have put their heads together and produced a list of ways to deter us from cheeseburgers and cupcakes: fat taxes, in-your-face calorie...
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On The Road To Nannydom
(March 27th, 2008)
One more city has fallen to the food cop fiat. On Tuesday, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom signed a menu labeling bill into law. Rather than letting customers choose whether they want to review the nutrition facts or not, the labeling mandate will force all of us to...
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Rall’s Wrong on Terrorism
(March 26th, 2008)
Ted Rall is mistaken when he writes that "Terrorism -- you can look it up -- involves killing people. (BW, Ted Rall, "Eco-Terrorism: No Such Thing," March 19, 2008).Unlike Rall, I actually did look it up. The American Heritage Dictionary says terrorism is "the unlawful use or threatened...
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Powerful New Salvo In The Fish Wars
(March 26th, 2008)
This just in from Harvard University: In an ongoing study of 341 mother-child pairs, women who ate the most fish during their pregnancies had children with the highest cognitive development scores at age 3. Read that sentence again. April Fool’s day isn’t until next Monday. And women who...
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Study: Pregnant women who eat more fish, including canned tuna, have smarter children
(March 25th, 2008)

Washington -- In a study scheduled for April publication in the American Journal of Epidemiology, a team of nine respected scientists from Harvard and the University of Michigan found that women who ate the most fish (more than 2 weekly servings) during the second trimester of their pregnancies delivered...
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Promoting Government (And Vanity) As Obesity Solution
(March 25th, 2008)
People whose livelihoods are rooted in the weight-loss industry have a vested interest in perpetuating obesity hype. Case in point: This morning, USA Today featured an op-ed on that very topic by David Zinczenko, editor of Men's Health magazine and author of numerous diet books. Zinczenko's piece is a...
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