Obesity Expert: Food Is Not The Problem
(March 31st, 2008)
International obesity expert Dr. Maurice Larocque told a conference in Dublin this weekend that “much of the obesity epidemic worldwide has been caused by a more sedentary lifestyle.” Surprised? Sounding like she took a chapter straight out of CCF’s “Small Choices, Big Bodies” report, Dr. Larocque continued:...
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A Desperate Slaughterhouse, PETA Flexes Its Legal Muscle
(March 28th, 2008)
Since our wildly popular PETA Kills Animals website debuted in 2005, more than six million people have seen its startling message. And public knowledge that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals killed more than 97 percent of the dogs and cats in its care during...
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Bureaucrat Tries To Distract Consumers With Half-Baked Catchphrase
(March 28th, 2008)
When they can’t convince Americans that having fewer choices is a better deal, paper-pushing paternalists get crafty. Unable to take “unhealthy” snacks away, nanny legislators have put their heads together and produced a list of ways to deter us from cheeseburgers and cupcakes: fat taxes, in-your-face calorie...
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On The Road To Nannydom
(March 27th, 2008)
One more city has fallen to the food cop fiat. On Tuesday, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom signed a menu labeling bill into law. Rather than letting customers choose whether they want to review the nutrition facts or not, the labeling mandate will force all of us to...
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Powerful New Salvo In The Fish Wars
(March 26th, 2008)
This just in from Harvard University: In an ongoing study of 341 mother-child pairs, women who ate the most fish during their pregnancies had children with the highest cognitive development scores at age 3. Read that sentence again. April Fool’s day isn’t until next Monday. And women who...
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Promoting Government (And Vanity) As Obesity Solution
(March 25th, 2008)
People whose livelihoods are rooted in the weight-loss industry have a vested interest in perpetuating obesity hype. Case in point: This morning, USA Today featured an op-ed on that very topic by David Zinczenko, editor of Men's Health magazine and author of numerous diet books. Zinczenko's piece is a...
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Your Kids, (Still) PETA’s Pawns
(March 24th, 2008)
Last month in Washington, a twelve-year-old girl and her friends spent their Saturday afternoon protesting outside a Kentucky Fried Chicken. After watching a video narrated by Pamela Anderson, the child’s mother explained, “Now she and her friends will only eat free-range chickens.” Having earned 3,000 “PETA Street Team”...
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Mayor Newsom Lets The Nanny Out Of The Bottle
(March 21st, 2008)
Gavin Newsom should put a cork in it. In recent months, the mayor of San Francisco has eagerly pushed the City Council into the role of Big Brother, forcing restaurants to change ingredients, switch takeout containers, plaster menus with calorie counts, and add paid sick...
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Score One For Reason
(March 20th, 2008)
Country Life, a British real estate and lifestyle magazine, took the anti-technology world by surprise today with an editorial about the mad hysteria over genetically modified (GM) foods. After emphasizing its unprecedented potential to feed the world’s population—and rightly pointing out that this technology is an accelerated version...
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Food Cops vs. The Hamburglar
(March 18th, 2008)
There’s an old saying describing people who are so focused on minor details that they are unable to comprehend the situation as a whole: “They can’t see the forest for the trees.” But that adage doesn’t even begin to describe the narrow-sightedness of some anti-obesity activists. Earlier this week,...
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