We’re not the only ones pleased by a federal judge’s dismissal of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) lawsuit over toys in kids’ meals. We said from the beginning that the idea that toys make kids fat … Continue reading
A few months after “60 Minutes” featured the absurd claim that foods are essentially legal cocaine, last night’s episode featured yet another food hysteria. This time, the show wondered aloud if sugar was “toxic.” And of course, that meant that … Continue reading
There is a theory of political dynamics — called the “Overton window” after the political scientist that articulated it — that holds that certain policies are thinkable and others are unthinkable. With that in mind, consider the recent interview with … Continue reading

A Vision of Lustig’s World

(March 16th, 2012)
You might remember the dust-up over an article by Robert Lustig about regulating sugar like alcohol or tobacco. Among his proposed policies was an age requirement to buy beverages with added sugar. With studies leading researchers to preposterously speculate that ice … Continue reading

Are We All Ice Cream Junkies?

(February 23rd, 2012)
The idea that foods are “addictive” has been floating around for about a decade. When it was first broached, a psychiatrist cautioned in USA Today that “the word ‘addiction’ is perilously close to losing any meaning.” Unfortunately, her warning wasn’t … Continue reading
In a meta-analysis primarily funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and published in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers from universities across The Great White North and the United States examined the effects of fructose on weight … Continue reading
“I’m actually trying to undo the nanny state.” Coming as it did from a public health researcher, that sounds like a breath of fresh air, right? Has Kelly Brownell met his professorial arch-nemesis? Sadly, no. That is in fact the … Continue reading
If sprinkles-hating MeMe Roth was the national education czar, then schools across the country would be purged of everything from birthday cupcakes (replaced by birthday salads) to Halloween candy to Valentine’s Day candy-grams. But hey, aren’t all those sugary treats making kids … Continue reading

Which Way to Remedial Statistics?

(January 11th, 2012)
The New York City Department of Health (Hype), whose 2009 anti-soda PSAs played fast and loose with nutrition science, is once again straining credulity with another campaign of taxpayer-funded propaganda. Starting this week, New York City subway riders will see … Continue reading

A Comeback for Cupcake Cops?

(November 21st, 2011)
It’s been a few years since overzealous regulators first stepped in to halt the tradition of sharing cupcakes and other sweets at school, but a new study might give these blowhards new ammo.  Researchers found that schoolchildren celebrating birthdays by eating sweets ate up to 450 calories...