Media “Addicted” to Food Hype

(February 25th, 2013)
This past Sunday, the New York Times Magazine ran a cover story on the notion of “food addiction,” claiming that food companies make food that is just too good. The book the article is excerpted from, Salt Sugar Fat by … Continue reading
Yesterday, we covered new findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing that youths are consuming fewer calories now than they did ten years ago. However, obesity has only plateaued, not fallen. Even for William Dietz, the … Continue reading
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are in, and they — like much other data — don’t forecast an impending Obesity Apocalypse. It turns out that even the “calories in” side of children’s energy balance … Continue reading
When most people think of “the most destructive force in the universe,” they think of astronomical phenomena like black holes and meteorites. And if those words were uttered at a swanky dinner of scientific research donors only a few days … Continue reading

Food Politics and the Dinner Date

(February 18th, 2013)
With Valentine’s Day behind us, so too are millions of dinner dates. And while most will have obeyed the maxim that one shouldn’t discuss religion or politics at the table, food activists, who believe in the cult of control, would … Continue reading
We mentioned in passing earlier this month that we had discovered a document written by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity (the home of Kelly “tasty food is like crack” Brownell, at least for a few more months) … Continue reading
The leading group trying to convince politicians that food is an “addictive substance” like drugs is Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Led by longtime “Twinkie tax” proponent Kelly Brownell (until he moves to  Duke’s School of Public Policy … Continue reading
Daytime television’s self-promoting “You Doc,” Mehmet Oz, has a long history of scaremongering about high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which he continues in his syndicated column. The Great Oz blames HFCS for everything from aging arteries to obesity, and predicts everything from a better … Continue reading

Fighting the Last Obesity War

(January 25th, 2013)
There’s an old saying about military generals: They plan to “fight the last war” rather than addressing new and evolving threats. This is perhaps best exemplified by World War II France’s Maginot Line, a series of World War I-style forts and … Continue reading
Last year, we saw a couple of projections of staggering increases in obesity over the next 20 years. We were skeptical at the time, noting that measures of obesity did not show a trend that would lead to the prophesied doom. But maybe the stress of … Continue reading