Posts Tagged ‘food policy’

The Pleasure of M&Ms and Monet

April 14, 2018 — Is there any objective difference between the pleasure we feel in viewing Monet’s paintings or eating M&Ms? Perhaps this seems like an odd question. But it’s the subject of intense scientific controversy. And it’s relevant to our thinking about food. Hungry for Pleasure Julia Christensen started this scientific scuffle last year by publishing a provocative […]

Media: Friend or Foe in Progress on Obesity?

April 12, 2018 — If you skim headlines of health reporting on obesity, you might think fake news is creeping in. But what’s the bigger picture? How does media shape ideas about obesity? Fatima Cody Stanford, Zujaja Tauqeer, and Ted Kyle offer a new review in Current Obesity Reports. Body Positivity The subject of body positivity might be one area […]

Ready Already to Fight About 2020 Dietary Guidelines

April 2, 2018 — Ready to rumble? Well, like it or not, the cycle is starting for USDA and HHS to develop the 2020 edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans. And so, people are already ready to go for a win on their hot button issues. This time around USDA and HHS asked for public input on the scope […]

Blind to the Biggest Drivers of Obesity?

March 31, 2018 — We’ve become blind to one of the biggest drivers of obesity. So says Julia Belluz – someone whom we rely upon for generally thoughtful writing about obesity. She’s reporting on a new study in Pediatrics about sports sponsorships used to promote food and soft drinks. Marketing Unhealthy Food and Beverages Marie Bragg and colleagues analyzed television viewing […]

The Elusive Magic of Small Plates

March 29, 2018 — Do Smaller Plates Make You Eat Less? You may have seen Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped. The programme covers two topics of interest to me; portion sizes and plate sizes. Portion Distortion There is evidence that portion sizes of commercially provided foods have increased over time and the programme covered this story. One of the main reasons […]

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 […]

Never Give Up on the Virtue of Doubt

February 28, 2018 — Nattering nabobs of negativism. William Safire wrote those words for Vice President Spiro Agnew to push back on people who doubted him. Three years later, Agnew resigned after a corruption probe and conviction for tax evasion. Doubt always has its doubters. But it has special virtues in science and health. Critical thinking is impossible without […]

Wishful Thinking Comes Back to Bite in Childhood Obesity

February 27, 2018 — It’s a comforting story: “Communities are seeing positive results from comprehensive efforts to reduce childhood obesity.” People investing government and foundation money in this effort want to believe that it’s working. But it’s not. A new report in Pediatrics yesterday made that undeniable. Wishful thinking is coming back to bite in childhood obesity. Said lead […]

Time to Redesign the Process for Dietary Guidelines?

February 26, 2018 — Nutrition science is hitting some hard limits. Diverse scholars say those limits are hurting its credibility and relevance. On top of that, the National Academies says the process for updating dietary guidelines needs a makeover. But at the same time, USDA is drawing fire for a former food industry lobbyist who may guide that process. So […]

SNAP, WIC, and Junk Food

February 18, 2018 — It’s a perennial argument. How come we keep letting people in SNAP use it to buy junk food? And every time the answer that comes back is pragmatic. It would be an expensive, bureaucratic nightmare to police junk food in SNAP. But the argument just won’t stop. A new study and new policy proposals promise […]