A few months ago, we noted a bizarre study in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) that suggested that the famine caused by the repressive Communist Cuban Castro regime was good for people’s health. Harvard’s food-scold-in-residence, Walter Willett, commented … Continue reading
The recently concluded campaign by the food police to mandate calorie counts on restaurant menu boards appears unlikely to seriously change obesity rates. A significant body of research indicates that consumers simply ignore the counts and make decisions based on … Continue reading

The Nanny State, Rebranded?

(August 28th, 2013)
Our advertisements mocking New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg from last year continue to prove an annoyance to the diet police, as evidenced by a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Two writers cite our little bit … Continue reading
One would think that the food regulators would give up on their incessant lobbying for total food and beverage control, given the evidence that taxing and regulating soda (and other “junk food”) won’t have a meaningful effect on obesity rates. City of San … Continue reading
The so-called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a self-billed “watchdog” of politicians, has a problem: It’s really just a left-wing lapdog, as more people are learning thanks to our website CREWexposed.com. CREW operates by filing complaints against … Continue reading
In a very long piece in Britain’s The Guardian, a writer steps into the same pit that so many other commentators (many of whom should know better) have during the decade-long fight against fat. Citing and echoing the call of … Continue reading
According to a USA Today opinion piece penned by professors of economics, clinical assistant, and public health, not only do food taxes not work, but they hurt the poorest Americans. The authors cite a recent study by Dr. Hallum Hurt of the University of Pennsylvania which suggests … Continue reading

Food Taxes Come Up Short Again

(August 1st, 2013)
A recent study published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics (AJAE) found that instituting a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages only decreased overall calorie consumption by less than 14 calories per day. High-income consumers were found to only have a … Continue reading
The ruling of the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division for the First District makes it quite clear that food scolds were right to be worried that the New York City large-soda ban would not be resurrected: The court … Continue reading
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