American Workers Take Obesity Sitting Down
(May 16th, 2008)
According to a new survey, 45 percent of U.S. workers have gained weight at their current jobs. Not surprisingly, the industries with the highest reported weight gain also host some of the most sedentary occupations. Research proves that weight gain is strongly tied to sitting down on...
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Paternalism Prevails In Ohio
(May 16th, 2008)
Ohio lawmakers sent a resounding message to their constituents on Wednesday: Consumers capable of opening a checking account can’t act like adults when it comes to managing a three-figure loan. By voting to cap annual percentage rates on payday loans at 28 percent—an effective ban on the...
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“Silliest Law Ever” Repealed! Consumers Win!
(May 15th, 2008)
After nearly two years as contraband, America’s leading gourmet pariah is finally back on the menu in Chicago.  Having banned foie gras in 2006, the Chicago City Council reversed its decision yesterday in a 37-6 vote that left animal activists screeching and “duckeasies” shutting their doors. For...
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‘Expert’ Calls Consumer Choice A ‘Problem’
(May 14th, 2008)
Writing an opinion piece on the current problems that plague humanity (global warming, obesity, etc.), one professor at London’s Centre for Food Policy layed out the food cop mantra in a single sentence: “Consumer choice has increased massively, but choice is part of the problem, not part...
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Phony Health Experts Continue Seafood Smear Campaign
(May 13th, 2008)
In another example of activist opportunism this Mother’s Day, Oceana commemorated the occasion by spreading paranoia about mercury levels in fish. In a special press release on Friday, the group’s usual seafood alarmists took a backseat to “Oceana celebrity spokes-Mom” Amber Valetta, who offered a few...
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Fat Camps For 5-Year-Olds
(May 12th, 2008)
Though misguided anti-obesity campaigns aren’t having the desired effect on their targeted demographic, they are making a big impact on another group: children. As a result of the unhealthy fixation on “junk” food by health officials and activist groups, countless children have started dieting, restricting their food, and focusing...
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Holy Veal!
(May 9th, 2008)
Preachy animal activists would love to see the day when no one eats Grandma’s veal parmigiana. The day when talk of veal osso bucco draws the sort of sneers reserved for filterless cigarettes and morning martinis. Fortunately for the rest of us, they’ll probably never see it. No matter how loudly...
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iTunes Labeled A ‘Sin’ (For Tax Purposes, Of Course)
(May 9th, 2008)
Americans are on a slippery slope. Across the nation, self-appointed “experts” are lobbying to regulate the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the goods we buy, assuming that Americans are too stupid to choose for ourselves.  The fact is that paternalistic politicians are constantly...
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Organic Enthusiast ‘Goes On Feelings’
(May 8th, 2008)
From tricky milk labels to the knee-jerk hysteria over genetically modified foods, hardly a day goes by without the usual activist efforts to turn consumers into “all-natural” elitists. But as illustrated by a recent debate over organic agriculture in The Independent, it looks like the organic-only crowd...
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‘Propaganda’ Masquerading As ‘Science’ in Los Angeles
(May 7th, 2008)
On Monday, the Los Angeles County Health Department released what it called a “study” on menu labeling’s impact on obesity. But “propaganda” would have been a more accurate description. Though the report’s authors boldly claim that the hotly-contested ordinance would prevent county residents from gaining millions...
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