Posts Tagged ‘diet’

The Simplicity of Obesity and the Magic of Nutrition

October 28, 2017 — Welcome to a world of magic. In this world, obesity is simple. One pound of fat is the result of eating 3,500 calories. In this magical kingdom, the exalted Mayo Clinic tells us: Your weight is a balancing act, but the equation is simple: If you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight. […]

Blame, Diversions, and Ten Times More Childhood Obesity

October 20, 2017 — Blame and diversions are no substitute for dealing with the complex reality of a rising tide of childhood obesity. In a thoughtful essay, Sara Kirk points to blame and shame  as a tool for diverting public attention away from finding real solutions. A Ten-Fold Increase Since 1975 For the last 40 years, we’ve been throwing […]

Will Omega-6 Fats Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

October 14, 2017 — Health reporters are having fun this week with another observational study. A large analysis of prospective cohorts from all over the world found a strong association between linoleic acid and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. So naturally, the researchers sent out a press release: Omega-6 Fats May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Is […]

Big Breakfast Strikes Again

October 5, 2017 — The breakfast cartel is back at it, trying to get us to eat more eggs, bacon, cereal, yogurt, or whatever. This time, big breakfast is telling us that if we skip breakfast, our arteries will surely harden. In all seriousness, we don’t really believe in the big breakfast conspiracy. But two publications in the Journal […]

Nutrition Facts Labels: Delay, Delay, Delay

October 2, 2017 — Almost five years. That’s how long most businesses can wait before they tell consumers how much sugar they’re adding to food products. The FDA announced Friday that they were adding another year and a half to the original deadlines announced in 2016 when Michelle Obama unveiled updated Nutrition Facts labels. Companies with less than $10 […]

Pursuing Intellectual Honesty, Free of Bias and Conflicts

October 1, 2017 — In a letter to the editor of Obesity Reviews, a group of distinguished public health advocates call for a high standard of intellectual honesty in evaluating food policies. And it’s a good start. But this letter by Corinna Hawkes and colleagues has one gaping hole in it. It neglects a full consideration of conflicts of […]

Three Slightly Absurd and Supposedly Healthy Food Products

September 30, 2017 — We confess. When it comes to food product innovations and trends, we’re a little slow. Stuff like pancakes and sausage on a stick just leaves us cold. That one never caught fire, and they never called it healthy. (Thank goodness.) But here are three supposedly healthy food products that are getting some traction. Magical healthy […]

Melania Trump’s New Love for Gardening

September 24, 2017 — Food policy wonks can exhale now. Gardening is back in fashion at the White House. On Friday, First Lady Melania Trump hosted a happy contingent of school children to plant and pick in the White House kitchen garden. “I’m a Big Believer in Healthy Eating” The First Lady dressed for the occasion in a red […]

Sugar Warnings: Dose Makes the Poison

September 21, 2017 — This week, a U.S. appeals court struck down a San Francisco law requiring sugar warnings on advertising for sugary beverages. The law dates to June of 2015. It called for the following warning: WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County […]

Marketing the Ingredients for a Lousy Diet in Brazil

September 17, 2017 — Brazil has a serious public health problem growing in plain sight. Obesity is now a larger problem than hunger in South America’s biggest economy. A detailed report in the New York Times today paints a picture of multinational food companies expanding their businesses in Brazil with disastrous results. The Brazilian Ministry of Health reports that […]