Food Police (page 7)

CDC: Childhood Obesity Declining

Despite hyperbolic rhetoric that the U.S. is doomed to spend billions and billions of dollars on obesity unless the government outlaws “junk food,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) …
Posted August 8, 2013 at 10:22 am

Food Taxes Unhealthy for Impoverished Americans

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…
Posted August 7, 2013 at 11:58 am

Food Regulation Gets One-Sided Push

Two articles caught our eye over the weekend, one from Britain’s The Observer (owned by The Guardian), advocating for the government to regulate into oblivion all sugary foods and drinks, and another from Time, questioning…
Posted August 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Michael Pollan Feels the Heat

Michael Pollan of the University of California-Berkeley School of Journalism has had quite a week – and not in a good way.  He is taking fire from all sides after instigating…
Posted August 2, 2013 at 9:47 am

Food Taxes Come Up Short Again

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…
Posted August 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm

New York City Rebuked Again By State Courts

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…
Posted July 31, 2013 at 8:08 am

Helping People Help Themselves

We have noted the phenomenon of the “health halo” before — a notional belief about a food’s healthfulness, justified or not, that counterintuitively leads to less healthy eating…
Posted July 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm

CSPI Applauds Taking Toys From Kids

Earlier today, Taco Bell announced it has decided to stop selling kids meals and toys in all of its U.S. restaurants. So, naturally, the Center for Science in the…
Posted July 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Food Tax Headquarters Names New Leader

As we noted back in January when the move was announced, Kelly “Big Brother” Brownell recently moved to head Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Maybe they…
Posted July 23, 2013 at 9:15 am

Menu Labeling Falls Short Once Again

Before soda bans and food taxes, activists demanded labeling calories on menu boards. We warned that a significant body of research indicated that it might not reduce calories…
Posted July 22, 2013 at 9:43 am