Eat meat
(May 30th, 2008)
Susan Levin went a little overboard in her conclusion that Oprah Winfrey's three-week experiment with meatless and dairy-free eating is "one of the best things to ever happen to public health." . There's nothing wrong with...
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Payday Loan Myth Debunked By Economists, Common Sense
(May 30th, 2008)
If a complete stranger walked up to you on the street, asked you for a $100 loan, promised they'd pay it back in two weeks and gave you $1.50 for your trouble, would you do it? Of course not. But that’s exactly the kind of loony...
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Facts Say One Thing, Food Cops Say Another
(May 30th, 2008)
As we reported earlier this week, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) demonstrates that childhood obesity rates haven’t increased since 1999. Not surprisingly, obesity “experts” and health officials are downplaying the report...
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Big Fat Panic
(May 29th, 2008)

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The weight debate
(May 28th, 2008)
Weight discrimination is problematic, especially in light of the debate between fit vs. fat ("Weight discrimination could be as common as racial bias," Life, May 21).A wealth of research has shown that sedentary lifestyles clearly play a role in health and longevity. But weight's impact on disease and death...
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Threats of Childhood Obesity Fall Flat
(May 28th, 2008)
Today’s headlines are hard to miss: “Child obesity rate in U.S. hits a plateau,” “Childhood obesity rates high, but leveling off,” “Childhood obesity rates stabilize,” and more of the same. This media buzz surrounds a newly released study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...
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A Meat Lover’s Manifesto?
(May 27th, 2008)
As World Vegetarian Week came to a close yesterday, America's meat lovers were taking part in one of their own favorite pastimes: the Memorial Day barbecue. Much to the chagrin of Humane Society of the United States, PETA, and other like-minded animal "rights" groups, many of us skipped...
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To live longer, don’t stop moving
(May 24th, 2008)
In the "fit vs. fat" debate, it's important to review all the facts ("'Fit and fat' study stirs debate on obesity, fitness," May 19). A wealth of research has shown that sedentary lifestyles clearly play a role in our health and longevity. Weight's impact on disease and death, however,...
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Banning food
(May 24th, 2008)
The real lesson in Chicago's ill-fated foie gras ban has something to do with forbidden fruit. Or maybe forbidden duck liver.Instead of stigmatizing the delicacy, the ban actually increased its popularity. Intrigued foodie newbies and forbidden-food fanatics alike flocked to suburban restaurants to satisfy their newly piqued foie...
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Exercise, not food cost, key to good weight
(May 24th, 2008)
There's no shortage of scapegoats to take the blame for obesity. From our genes to our social circles, headlines over the last few decades have been filled with "surprising" and "new" causes of weight gain. But lately, they've started to recycle. Seemingly out of fresh ideas, health "experts" are...
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