Posts Tagged ‘diet’

Vegetarian Hype in Pursuit of a Noble Purpose

June 20, 2017 — Last week, health reporters treated us to a steady stream of headlines claiming that “a vegetarian diet is twice as effective for weight loss.” At best, these claims are vegetarian hype. From a more skeptical view, these are deceptive claims made to serve what their source believes is a noble purpose. The Source of This […]

Gulping Gorgeous Grapes and Sizzling Squash

June 16, 2017 — Will gulping more gorgeous grapes and sizzling squash cure our dietary ills? If so, marketers can clearly help. Two new studies show how classical marketing techniques can lead consumers to buy more fruits and veggies. Easy peasy. It’s basic stuff for marketers. Make It Sizzle Sell the sizzle, not the steak is a cliche of […]

Poised for an IPO, How Far Can Blue Apron Fly?

June 5, 2017 — Many meal and food delivery services are going belly up. But Blue Apron is ready to take its meal kit business through a public offering to raise a hundred million dollars or more.  After only five years, sales have grown explosively, reaching $795 million in 2016. Losses – $44 million in 2016 – are growing, too. And […]

Waging War for Better Health?

June 4, 2017 — A new commentary by Dean Schillinger and James Kahn warns us. We should be “mobilizing for a war on the home front against sugar-related morbidity and mortality.” But do we really need this battle for better health? Winding Down the War on Fat One battle we didn’t need, apparently, was the war on fat. The world mobilized […]

Is Fitness Harder in the Twenty-Tens?

June 2, 2017 — Boomers had it easy in the 80s, right? The current cross-generation debate has millennials persuasively refuting the idea that they’ve inherited a coddled life. This debate is age old, but one thing is pretty clear. Fitness is harder in the twenty-tens than it was back when Jane Fonda was bobbing around in her workout video. Same […]

Squabbling, Ignorance, and Obesity Policy

May 29, 2017 — Follow the arc of obesity policy and you will see a repeating pattern defined by passionate squabbling and a limited understanding of the problem. Policies to address obesity rise to command attention, sparkle for a bit, and then fall away. The health impact of obesity grows unabated all the while. In Social Science and Medicine, […]

Adapt and Prosper – or Not – in the Food Industry

May 23, 2017 — Some parts of the food industry may be leaving us.  Rather than adapt, these companies want to keep selling the dietary equivalent of telephone booths. They imagine they can delay or avoid telling their customers how much sugar they’re pouring into their products. They imagine they can keep selling junk food into schools. Ignore Your […]

Nothing Simple About What Salt Does to Your Body

May 10, 2017 — What could be simpler than salt? Plenty, it seems. New research in the Journal of Clinical Investigations suggests that some basic concepts about dietary salt are way off the mark. You think it makes you thirsty so you’ll drink more water? As it turns out, that’s not how it works. Instead, salty food and drink […]

Yo-Yo Dieting: A Seductive Mix of Myth and Reality

May 4, 2017 — Yo-yo dieting is an boogeyman that persists stubbornly in defiance of the facts. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is the latest fuel for a mix of derision and fear mongering. Researchers found an association between weight fluctuations and bad outcomes from heart disease. They did not study dieting or […]

Alternate Day Fasting Hype Should Be Fading Fast

May 3, 2017 — As a spiritual practice, fasting has deep roots in many religions. But when spiritual practices try to make the leap into health practices, look out. For a prime example, it now looks like the hype about the alternate day miracle fast should be fading fast. A new randomized, controlled study published in JAMA Internal Medicine finds no benefit […]