‘Public health’ ideal doesn’t include protecting us from ourselves
(April 20th, 2011)
Have you heard about proposals in many states to tax soft drinks in order to make people lose weight? Or the one to ban toys in kids’ meals in order to “fight childhood obesity”? It’s all brought to you in … Continue reading
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Parental Wisdom Trumps School Diet Dogma
(April 20th, 2011)
Anti-obesity crusaders seem to have forgotten that children have taste buds, too. Mary Poppins, the original Super Nanny, would surely tell these food finger-waggers about the value of “a spoonful of sugar” in helping kids get the nutrition they need without all the fuss.Public school officials in Fairfax County,...
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Watchdog Group’s Times Square Billboard Blasts Humane Society of the United States
(April 19th, 2011)

 

Today HumaneWatch.org, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), unveiled a new billboard in New York’s Times Square criticizing the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for its deceptive fundraising practices. Despite most Americans’ belief to the contrary, HSUS is not a national umbrella...
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Super Supporter Goes to Bat for Consumer Freedom
(April 19th, 2011)
Irreverent celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has no reservations about a lot of things, including “adult Americans’ right to eat themselves to death.” That might be a little extreme, but it hints at Bourdain’s worldview with respect to food. We caught a glimpse of that last night during...
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Food Cop Arrests Easter Bunny
(April 18th, 2011)
As parents and children make their final preparations for Easter Sunday, some nutritional nags are plotting an offensive against two enemies they say go hand-in-hand: the Easter Bunny and his stockpile of CMDs (Candies of Metabolic Destruction). Their primary objective? To drive the rogue rabbit underground before he detonates...
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A Dose of Skepticism for Public-Health Advice
(April 15th, 2011)
There's no reason anyone should doubt the advice of his or her family doctor. Physicians who know your medical history generally have your best interests at heart. But when media-seeking experts in lab coats publish opinions in support of a political agenda instead of a purely medical one, it’s...
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Lab Rats on the Hudson
(April 14th, 2011)
Millions of New Yorkers probably aren’t aware they’re being used as guinea pigs in their state health department’s ongoing (and expensive) social experiments. Don’t take our word for it: State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah recently confirmed this to the New York Daily News: “We use the City as...
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“Naked Chef” Needs “Econ 101”
(April 13th, 2011)
Los Angeles public school officials remain reluctant to allow British food scold Jamie Oliver to bring reality show drama to their cafeterias, but Season 2 of Oliver’s Food Revolution had its premiere last night anyway. Instead of dissecting and ridiculing school cafeteria food, the spotlight-craving celebrity chef...
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Brown-Bag Contraband
(April 12th, 2011)
It wasn’t so long ago that teachers and principals were most concerned about kids bringing drugs and weapons to school. Now we’re learning that brown-bag lunches packed with love at home are apparently a grave threat to kids’ health and well-being.Little Village Academy on Chicago's West Side has implemented...
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Too quick to judge obesity, food choices
(April 11th, 2011)

What do a svelte marathon veteran and a 400-pound sumo wrestler have in common? Both completed the Los Angeles Marathon recently, and both ran as strong testaments against the recycled rhetoric of today's anti-obesity activists.

Exhibit A: Joe D'Amico, a long-time distance runner who ate only fast food for the...
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