BMI Report Cards Get Another “A” in Humiliation
(March 31st, 2011)
One emerging feel-good policy for fighting childhood obesity involves schools sending Body Mass Index (BMI) “reports” to parents in hopes of educating them about their kids’ weight. But like many heavy-handed instruments used by nanny-state bureaucrats to suggest lifestyle modifications, this one has unintended consequences. Consider what happened in one...
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Lawmakers Shield States From Frivolous Food Suits
(March 30th, 2011)
There's nothing new about lawsuit-happy activists and trial lawyers trying to sue the pants off of restaurants that have the audacity to serve customers food that they ordered. Late last year the Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a class-action lawsuit against...
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News Flash: Parents Can Help Kids Overcome Obesity
(March 29th, 2011)
A new study focused on helping pre-teens overcome childhood obesity shows that parents could be the most effective weapon in the battle against the bulge. Obesity researchers revealed yesterday in the journal Pediatrics that “parent-centered” treatments could effectively replace all other outside obesity interventions in their own...
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CSPI Paints a Rainbow of Fear Over Food Dyes
(March 28th, 2011)
After spending more than a decade scaring parents silly about poisoning their kids’ bodies and minds with “riotously colored processed foods,” America’s most notorious food cop rejoiced in Friday’s Washington Post that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finally taking his fanatical organization seriously. The Center for...
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Greenpeace Ignores the Sound of Science
(March 25th, 2011)
Some British officials admit they’re “terrified” to counter the baseless attacks of radical environmental organizations that negatively affect public perception of genetically modified (GM) foods. They say these groups’ concerted efforts actually keep countless millions on the brink of starvation, and that this is no time to be...
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Bureaucrats Hope Soda Tax Will Make It Rain in Sunny California
(March 24th, 2011)
Big-government bureaucrats in cash-strapped California are hoping to plug their $25 billion budget gap with sin taxes levied on beverages sweetened with sugar. Before undecided California lawmakers decide whether they will penalize their constituents for enjoying the occasional soda or sports drink, they would be wise to first determine where...
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Daytime TV Doc’s Diagnosis Is (Still) Fear
(March 23rd, 2011)
Saturated fats aren’t always associated with being healthy. But have you ever wondered why we think that way? Perhaps it’s because food scolds have done a better job fearmongering about saturated fats than educating us about their minimal impact when consumed in moderation. Proving our point, celebrity doctor and talk...
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Biotech Crops Could Crush Global Hunger
(March 22nd, 2011)
A founding director of the Office of Biotechnology at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the global food crisis could be more readily averted -- if only bureaucrats in the United Nations (UN) stopped tying farmers’ hands with red tape. Farmers, biotechnology expert Henry Miller says,...
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Runners Outpace Obesity Hype at L.A. Marathon
(March 21st, 2011)
What do a svelte marathon veteran and a 400-pound sumo wrestler have in common? Both completed the Los Angeles Marathon yesterday, and their personal stories are testaments against the conventional “wisdom” of anti-obesity crusaders. Long-time distance runner Joe D'Amico challenged himself to eat only fast food in the 30...
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Yes, PETA Still Kills Animals
(March 18th, 2011)
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) typically has a knack for making ugly things sexy (and vice-versa). Ironically, the radical animal rights group still hasn’t figured out a way to spin the fact that its own animal shelter has euthanized more than 25,000 homeless pets since...
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