USDA: Yes, Healthy Snacks Can Be Cheaper
(February 28th, 2013)
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 of processed snacks keep people from choosing healthy snacks. However, the United … Continue reading
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Is Food Addiction Real or Invented to Sell Books?
(February 26th, 2013)
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 just junk food junkies at the mercy of food processing companies who shouldn’t be … Continue reading
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Media “Addicted” to Food Hype
(February 25th, 2013)
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 good. The book the article is excerpted from, Salt Sugar Fat by … Continue reading
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Former CDC Obesity Boss Says Physical Activity Matters
(February 22nd, 2013)
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. However, obesity has only plateaued, not fallen. Even for William Dietz, the … Continue reading
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Child Calorie Consumption Falls, Crisis-Mongers Hardest Hit
(February 21st, 2013)
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. It turns out that even the “calories in” side of children’s energy balance … Continue reading
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Good-Tasting Food: Only for the Elites?
(February 20th, 2013)
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 research. Instead, the author presents his case with scarily framed quotes from … Continue reading
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Unscientific Rambling Stains Science Dinner
(February 19th, 2013)
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 a swanky dinner of scientific research donors only a few days … Continue reading
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Food Politics and the Dinner Date
(February 18th, 2013)
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 table, food activists, who believe in the cult of control, would … Continue reading
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Deconstructing the Food Fearmonger
(February 15th, 2013)
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 Kelly “tasty food is like crack” Brownell, at least for a few more months) … Continue reading
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Hyperbole and Food Cops Go Together Like Fizz and Soda
(February 14th, 2013)
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 the only thing terrorists need to overrun America are a few 2-liter bottles of … Continue reading
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