Big Fat Lies (page 5)

Are Americans Trapped in a “Food Desert”?

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…
Posted June 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Michelle Obama’s Farmer’s Market Resorts to Fat, Sugar, and Salt for Sales

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.
Posted June 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Citizens Addicted to a “Sugar” Daddy

The press release wires recently buzzed with an announcement from a group calling itself “Citizens for Health” calling attention to the unpublished abstract of not-yet-peer-reviewed research purporting…
Posted June 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm

New York’s Anti-Scientific Campaign Rolls On

New Yorkers riding public transportation will see new gross-out advertisements from New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene — the same entity tasked with imposing a…
Posted June 4, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Bittman Dismisses Basis for His Bestseller

A couple of weeks ago, the Institute of Medicine, usually a scold-friendly issuer of hundred-page reports demanding social engineering of food choices, dropped a bombshell by declaring…
Posted May 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Potato Scold Says Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Fat Little Lies

Walter Willett — last seen expressing sympathy for the health effects of living in international poverty after blaming the humble potato for the nation’s love handles…
Posted May 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Menu Labels Move From Calorie Facts to Metabolic Fiction

One of the less-remarked upon provisions of the national healthcare law passed in 2010 was a standardized calorie reporting requirement for restaurant menus in chains with more than…
Posted May 15, 2013 at 10:31 am

New Book Claims Cupcakes and iPhones Are Crack

We thought that peak hysteria over the scientifically dubious notion of “food addiction” had arrived when a co-host of a show sponsored by the inventors of the Venti…
Posted May 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Morning “Food Addiction” Freakouts, Brought to You by Starbucks

When the New York City soda ban was announced, among its most fervent partisans was MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski. She notably threw a fit when Judge Milton Tingling…
Posted May 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm

One of These “Addictions” Is Not Like the Other

In their ongoing quest to classify foods as drugs and regulate them like Everclear, the food police engage in sleight of tongue. In order to convince the public…
Posted April 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm