Consumers Lose Appetite for Food Regulations
(June 26th, 2013)
Americans do not like to be told what they can or cannot eat and drink. Personal responsibility has once again silenced the loud minority of fun suckers bent on controlling the people’s diet. Earlier this month, a Gallup poll determined … Continue reading
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AMA’s “Disease” Declaration Draws Dissent
(June 25th, 2013)
Last week, the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates voted to declare obesity a “disease,”  perhaps the only such curable by shutting your pie-hole and taking a hike. We weren’t alone in expressing skepticism of the AMA’s move and … Continue reading
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Trial Lawyers Hope Sweetener Litigation Will Give Their Pocketbooks a Rush
(June 24th, 2013)
It must be a slow month at the office for personal injury attorney J. Michael Hayes of Buffalo, New York. Last week Hayes filed suit against six manufacturers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) for allegedly contributing to a 14 year old girl’s diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Hayes … Continue reading
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Organic Food No Cure-All
(June 21st, 2013)
All the rage from the Food Police recently has been that so-called “processed foods” are stealth assassins shortening the lives of Americans. But as David H. Freedman points out this week in The Atlantic, the foodie world’s so-called “wholesome foods” may in fact be just as bad. To … Continue reading
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A “Disease” Cured by a Closed Mouth and a Long Walk
(June 20th, 2013)
The bubonic plague and obesity. Before this week, the two had nothing in common. The former nearly wiped out entire societies, the latter was the product of too much couch potato-itis and not enough physical activity. On Tuesday, though, the American Medical Association (AMA) decided … Continue reading
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Serial Food Scold Strikes Again
(June 19th, 2013)
The Fourth of July will simply not be the same with cabbage on the grill and cucumbers filling hot dog buns. But “according to the latest study” by Walter Willett, the Harvard epidemiologist recently admonished by the prestigious scientific journal Nature for trying to … Continue reading
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Physical Education Linked With Lower Childhood Obesity
(June 18th, 2013)
The debate over childhood obesity has primarily centered on the nutritional aspects of foods offered to children, and banning “junk food” has become the trendy way to tackle it. But a new study by researchers from Cornell University published in … Continue reading
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Are Americans Trapped in a “Food Desert”?
(June 14th, 2013)
Britain’s leading business newspaper, the Financial Times, goes into the heart of America’s most overweight state (Mississippi) to tell a story about one of the greatest mirages in food policy: the “food desert.” In a poor, remote town in Mississippi, … Continue reading
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Michelle Obama’s Farmer’s Market Resorts to Fat, Sugar, and Salt for Sales
(June 13th, 2013)
A persistent myth in the food policy world, spread most forcefully by First Lady Michelle Obama, is that the nation can conquer obesity through the power of farmers’ markets. This is typically positioned against the supposed evils of a “food … Continue reading
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Appellate Judges Consider Firing New York’s Nanny
(June 12th, 2013)
On Tuesday, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division (New York’s second-highest tier of courts) heard New York City’s appeal against the decision by Judge Milton Tingling that struck down the ban on restaurant soft drink servings greater than 16 … Continue reading
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