Swiss Bank Joins War on Sugar

(September 24th, 2013)
A research subsidiary of secretive Swiss bank Credit Suisse has released a new report calling for sugar taxes, and it’s a doozy. The Atlantic summarizes the report, showing scary charts that indicate that everybody’s eating and drinking white powdery substance … Continue reading

The Nanny State, Rebranded?

(August 28th, 2013)
Our advertisements mocking New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg from last year continue to prove an annoyance to the diet police, as evidenced by a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Two writers cite our little bit … Continue reading
In a very long piece in Britain’s The Guardian, a writer steps into the same pit that so many other commentators (many of whom should know better) have during the decade-long fight against fat. Citing and echoing the call of … Continue reading
According to a USA Today opinion piece penned by professors of economics, clinical assistant, and public health, not only do food taxes not work, but they hurt the poorest Americans. The authors cite a recent study by Dr. Hallum Hurt of the University of Pennsylvania which suggests … Continue reading
Two articles caught our eye over the weekend, one from Britain’s The Observer (owned by The Guardian), advocating for the government to regulate into oblivion all sugary foods and drinks, and another from Time, questioning the morality and effectiveness of corporate social responsibility campaigns. The problem with … Continue reading
A recent study published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics (AJAE) found that instituting a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages only decreased overall calorie consumption by less than 14 calories per day. High-income consumers were found to only have a … Continue reading
As we noted back in January when the move was announced, Kelly “Big Brother” Brownell recently moved to head Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Maybe they knew he was coming — in a humorous irony, North Carolina recently … Continue reading
Americans do not like to be told what they can or cannot eat and drink. Personal responsibility has once again silenced the loud minority of fun suckers bent on controlling the people’s diet. Earlier this month, a Gallup poll determined … Continue reading
Readers of The Washington Post were greeted with a full-page announcement by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation that the companies participating had achieved their goal of reducing the annual calorie supply by 1.5 trillion calories two years ahead of schedule. … Continue reading
With state legislative seasons wrapping up and official deadlines approaching, activists placed their hopes to end beverage freedom on a California soda tax proposal. Now, legislators have placed it in the “suspense file,” which effectively kills it. Proponents had hoped … Continue reading