Archive for the ‘Consumer Trends’ Category

The Shame of Human Nature in Words and Images

April 27, 2018 — Human nature can be noble and it can be shameful. But how do you counter the shame of human nature that expresses itself in weight bias and stigma? Some very smart people (Rebecca Puhl of the Rudd Center comes to mind) have gone after it with academic rigor. Social activists and the internet named it “fat […]

What Happens if You Strap a Fitbit on a Cow?

April 20, 2018 — Can strapping a fitbit on a cow make that animal healthier? For that matter, can it make the dairy industry and perhaps even the planet healthier? Artificial intelligence and new tech for connecting cows to the web are dangling this possibility before us. Monitoring Health and Activity Sensor tags and collars for cows are not […]

Cultivating a Sweet Tooth: Fact or Presumption?

April 9, 2018 — It’s a favorite rationale for avoiding anything sweet. Even if it has no calories it will drive you to want more sweet foods and drinks. Sweet stuff will give you a sweet tooth, says the Harvard School of Public Health on its website: The human brain responds to sweetness with signals to eat more. By […]

Defining the Incredible Talent of Cass Elliot

April 3, 2018 — A brilliant flash of popular music in the middle of the 1960s came from the Mamas and the Papas. And the most memorable performer from that group was Cass Elliot – also known as Mama Cass. This was well before anyone thought about obesity as a medical condition. The group sang naive lyrics about “no […]

FDA Classifies the Sugar in Breast Milk as Added Sugars

April 1, 2018 — New leadership at the FDA took the world by surprise late Saturday night. The agency classified the sugar in breast milk as added sugars and thus a potential health hazard. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued strong comments with the ruling: This is a matter of highest importance to public health. So it goes to the heart […]

Let’s Put a Buffet on the Table and See What Happens

March 27, 2018 — Bring us all a bit of everything. In case you’ve been living under a rock, that’s what the cool kids are doing at the buzzy restaurants for a fun, sociable meal. It’s a ritual of grazing with friends. Or maybe, it’s an intimate buffet. An Unmistakable Trend The trend for sharing in restaurants is everywhere. […]

Mindless Hype for the MIND Diet

March 17, 2018 — Here’s a diet that has everything. It actually provides for a pretty good quality of nutrition. It has a buzzy acronym – MIND – that suggests a compelling and very specific benefit. And it has the American Heart Association (among others) hyping it. The MIND diet has a lot going for it. Except for one thing. The […]

Do Ketogenic Diets Help You Lose Weight?

March 11, 2018 —  Are ketogenic diets effective for weight loss? The answer depends on whether it achieves a reduction in total kilojoule intake or not. What is a ketogenic diet? A classical ketogenic diet follows a strict ratio for total grams of fat to combined grams of carbohydrate and protein and typically has 80-90% of total kilojoules coming […]

Marketing a Healthier Food Chain in Britain

March 6, 2018 — Today, Public Health England (PHE) released a new initiative, holding food marketers responsible for helping to shape a healthier food chain by 2024. The goal? A 20 percent reduction of calories in Britain’s food supply. Within six years, manufacturers, supermarkets, fast food outlets, and other restaurants must bring bring their marketing skills to bear upon […]

When One Size Fits All, Truth Suffers

March 5, 2018 — “You should be ashamed.” That message flies in every direction when the subject is weight and health and obesity. Shame is a potent tool, but it’s a sloppy one. And for health, it’s never helpful. Truth suffers when people start thinking they have an exclusive claim on the truth. And on weight, health, and obesity, one […]