Archive: Feb 2013

USDA: Yes, Healthy Snacks Can Be Cheaper

If you’ve read any food activist tome—the most recent pair being Michael Moss’s Salt Sugar Fat or Melanie Warner’s Pandora’s Lunchbox—you might believe that only the low prices…
Posted February 28, 2013 at 10:39 am

Is Food Addiction Real or Invented to Sell Books?

Two books cashing in on obesity hype are being released this week. Michael Moss’s Salt Sugar Fat claims, despite scientific evidence to the contrary, that we’re…
Posted February 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Media “Addicted” to Food Hype

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…
Posted February 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Former CDC Obesity Boss Says Physical Activity Matters

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.
Posted February 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Child Calorie Consumption Falls, Crisis-Mongers Hardest Hit

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.
Posted February 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Good-Tasting Food: Only for the Elites?

This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine leads with a full-throated endorsement of the notion that enjoyable foods are equivalent to crack cocaine. The claim isn’t supported by scientific…
Posted February 20, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Unscientific Rambling Stains Science Dinner

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…
Posted February 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Food Politics and the Dinner Date

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…
Posted February 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Deconstructing the Food Fearmonger

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…
Posted February 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Hyperbole and Food Cops Go Together Like Fizz and Soda

In its call for enacting Prohibition on the soft drinks widely enjoyed by Americans, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) calls soda a “bioweapon,” as if…
Posted February 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm