Fit vs. Fat
(August 28th, 2008)
Pushing fast-food bans and snack taxes, health officials seem obsessed with our weight and, consequently, our diets, too. But these food-focused policies miss their main objective health. As this latest research shows, it's fitness (not fatness) that determines our well-being ('Study: Fat people can be healthy, and thin people...
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Quote of the Week
(August 28th, 2008)
As the anti-meat fringe slowly merges with the environmental movement, it’s always refreshing to find a dose of reality among the grand promises of green-living devotees who swear – swear! – they’d do just about anything to save the planet. Today we turn to Evansville, Indiana, where read more here »

Oscar Mayer Gets Swift-Boated. Are We Listening?
(August 27th, 2008)
The animal rights crazies at the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) are at it again, blanketing America with a TV ad re-branding hot dogs as the new cancer stick. But is anyone buying their baloney? The Associated Press noted last night that PCRM’s research...
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PETA’s Newest Finger Lickin’ Phony
(August 26th, 2008)
Here’s a thinker: You’re Sophie Monk, an Australian starlet who posed naked in a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals “vegetarian” ad 10 months ago, telling the world that eating fried chicken from fast-food restaurants “can not be good for you.” What do you do...
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The real villain behind our bigger behinds
(August 25th, 2008)
If inactivity is "the real villain" behind obesity, it's easy to pinpoint the best solution: exercise ("Children are not innocent victims of obesity," Opinion page, Aug. 11).According a recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, fewer than one in three of our kids meet the minimum...
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Warning Labels Everywhere, And Not One Makes Sense
(August 25th, 2008)
If you live in California, you’ve seen them everywhere: those warning labels announcing that something you’re about to touch, eat, smell, or breathe near could give you cancer or adversely affect your reproductive health. Yes, the state of California contains chemicals. So do the other 49 states. And the...
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More Milk. Fewer Cows. What’s The Problem?
(August 22nd, 2008)
Environmental activists have been congratulating themselves left and right over the news of Monsanto’s decision to sell off its production-boosting synthetic dairy hormone (recombinant bovine somatotropin, or rBST). But as a St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist pointed out today, the anti-technology crowd may have been a little...
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Appeal To Lewis Black: PETA Is The Root Of All Evil
(August 21st, 2008)
Every so often, an entertainment gem comes along that makes us truly glad we have TiVo. Last night, the Comedy Central network aired a new episode of comedian Lewis Black’s hit show “Root of All Evil.” Take it from us: This was simultaneously the most thoughtful and...
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Quote of the Day
(August 20th, 2008)
Food cops want to control our diet. And redefining food as a health threat is the easiest way to do that. Taking this to heart, nanny-minded groups like the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) have used the tobacco model (the strategy through which cigarettes have been...
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David vs. Goliath
(August 19th, 2008)
Battle lines have been drawn in the war against obesity. And stakes for consumers and businesses alike are rising to legendary heights as the two competing sides -- fatness vs. fitness -- square off. “Team Fat” has demonstrated Goliath-like heft in its ability to push food-focused regulations like read more here »