Food & Beverage (page 201)

The Fat Tax Is Back!

For the first time, nannies have linked a "body count" to new fat taxes. A British study released today claims a whopping 17.5% tax on high-fat food will save 1,000 lives a year. It was met with cheers in Canada, with one academic calling it "a neat way of getting health care money." The USDA voiced preference for other solutions, but labeled the concept "intriguing."
Posted January 27, 2000 at 12:00 am

Restaurant Portions Blamed For Obesity

The drumbeat against restaurant portions goes on and on. Once again, restaurants are being blamed for the so-called "obesity epidemic." "Restaurant portions have done so much to contribute to obesity," according to a Cincinnati dietician. Another argues that larger restaurant food portions have distorted people's judgment about what is a reasonable amount of food.
Posted January 26, 2000 at 12:00 am

Thou Shalt Not Be Obese

Testifying in favor of Colorado’s proposed “Obesity Prevention Act,” Dr. James Hill, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado, told the Colorado Senate, “We…
Posted January 21, 2000 at 12:00 am

Healthy People 2010 Kick-Off

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a massive new ten-year information campaign to improve Americans’ health, called “Healthy People 2010.” Among their goals is a…
Posted January 21, 2000 at 12:00 am

Obesity And Restaurants

Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala and Surgeon General David A. Satcher will release the Healthy People 2010 initiative final draft tomorrow. Healthy People 2010 contains broad-reaching national health goals for the first decade of the new century. It is evident in preliminary drafts we've obtained that the federal government is going to try to make the case that restaurants are partly to blame for the so-called "obesity epidemic," giving credence to legislative initiatives like those in Colorado. Check back here for full coverage of the release.
Posted January 20, 2000 at 12:00 am

Fresh Fields Marketing Ploy

The Washington City Paper criticizes "Fresh Fields" grocery stores for using the groundless paranoia generated by activists on issues like food coloring, pesticides, and genetically engineered foods as the basis of their marketing plan.
Posted January 19, 2000 at 12:00 am

Lobster Lunacy

The radical vegetarian group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is petitioning Maine Governor Angus S. King against allowing the state to restore a lobster motif to its license plates. "We hope you'll agree that the state's license plate is no place to put the image of an animal who has been boiled alive," said a PETA letter to the governor. ("PETA fights lobster plate resurrection," Bangor Daily News, 1/20/00, No link available.)
Posted January 18, 2000 at 12:00 am

Black As Hell, Strong As Death, And Sweet As Love

U.S. News & World Report treats millions of coffee-lovers to six java-jivin' websites, including a "Wine Spectator" style review site and dozens of inexpensive gourmet blends.
Posted January 12, 2000 at 12:00 am

Legislating In What We Eat

Calling obesity “a full blown health crisis and truly a national epidemic,” Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) promoted her “Lifelong Improvements in Food and Exercise Act” at a press conference…
Posted January 7, 2000 at 12:00 am

A Sticky-Sweet Situation

Anti-aspartame activists have taken their campaign against the sweetner across the pond to the UK with some success. The British government has in the past agreed with the FDA's assessment that aspartame is perfectly safe, but, having been influenced by the scare tactics of activists, some British officials are calling for further investigation. One Member of Parliament demanded, "Aspartame should be withdrawn immediately pending further investigation."
Posted January 6, 2000 at 12:00 am