Menu labeling doesn’t stop obesity
(May 23rd, 2008)
Obesity expert Helen Lee offers important advice, reminding readers that there’s no proof that menu labeling policies impact obesity (“Calorie-counting measure on menu,” May 17). Despite its bold tag as an “anti-obesity” measure, there’s no scientific evidence that the San Mateo County proposal to force a handful of restaurants...
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Can’t See The Forest For The Calories
(May 23rd, 2008)
Often times, the people closest to an issue are the ones who have the hardest time stepping back from the details in order to see the big picture. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that the researcher who recently had a breakthrough on the childhood obesity front didn’t...
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PETA: Cage Children, Not Animals
(May 22nd, 2008)
Some North Carolina parents are upset after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals found a new low yesterday in its disturbing use of children to score activist points. As the centerpiece of an anti-circus protest, PETA employees dressed a 12-year-old girl in prison stripes, placed...
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Organic-Only Outlook Not So “Green”
(May 22nd, 2008)
Wired magazine is taking on the 10 Inconvenient Truths of the environmental movement this week, and “Green Heresy” number 3 is especially noteworthy: Surprise! Conventional Agriculture Can Be Easier On The Planet! Now that organic food marketers and their devotees are having a harder time using read more here »

$10,000 Says Obesity ‘Expert’ Is Full Of It
(May 21st, 2008)
Almost three decades ago, two men made a bet. Julian Simon and Paul Ehrlich gambled over the availability of resources during the decade leading up to 1990. Prior to the now famous wager, Ehrlich had published The Population Bomb, a book that claimed the human population was...
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Food Cop Canard
(May 20th, 2008)
Using suggestive terms like “epidemic” and “toxic,” the food cops featured in this week’s Washington Post series on obesity among American children sound more like agenda-driven lobbyists than objective professionals. Their questionable choices in wording are not the only evidence of bias. The noticeably absent evidence...
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Veggie Pride! (Nothing To See Here … Move Along …)
(May 19th, 2008)
New York City's anti-meat crowd had a big day yesterday. The nation’s first “Veggie Pride Parade,” held in Manhattan on Sunday, was a much-anticipated event. They had a website! And a press release! The New York Sun reported
Marchers may pepper the parade route with chants such...
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American Workers Take Obesity Sitting Down
(May 16th, 2008)
According to a new survey, 45 percent of U.S. workers have gained weight at their current jobs. Not surprisingly, the industries with the highest reported weight gain also host some of the most sedentary occupations. Research proves that weight gain is strongly tied to sitting down on...
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Paternalism Prevails In Ohio
(May 16th, 2008)
Ohio lawmakers sent a resounding message to their constituents on Wednesday: Consumers capable of opening a checking account can’t act like adults when it comes to managing a three-figure loan. By voting to cap annual percentage rates on payday loans at 28 percent—an effective ban on the...
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“Silliest Law Ever” Repealed! Consumers Win!
(May 15th, 2008)
After nearly two years as contraband, America’s leading gourmet pariah is finally back on the menu in Chicago.  Having banned foie gras in 2006, the Chicago City Council reversed its decision yesterday in a 37-6 vote that left animal activists screeching and “duckeasies” shutting their doors. For...
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