Posts Tagged ‘food policy’

Plant a Supermarket, Grow a Healthy Foodscape?

July 3, 2017 — Superficial thinking begets superficial solutions. And superficial solutions don’t solve many problems. Yet again, we’re learning that this is the case with superficial thinking about food deserts. A new study in Health and Place finds that simply planting a supermarket in a food desert does little to address problems with access to healthy food. Complex […]

The Endocrine Society: Honestly Seeking Answers About Obesity

June 28, 2017 — Obesity rates started soaring almost four decades ago. Multiple presidents and surgeons general have called for action to address it. You might think we would have an answer by now to the most basic question: why? But we don’t. And this week, the Endocrine Society presented the facts in a scientific statement. It calls for […]

Delaying, Not Dropping, the Nutrition Facts Label Update

June 24, 2017 — A few weeks ago, the FDA announced an indefinite delay in the new Nutrition Facts label. This label discloses what’s in every food product sold in the U.S. It would — for the first time ever — give consumers information about how much added sugar is in a product. Howls of Protest When this delay surfaced, howls […]

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 […]

The Fast Food Obesity Villain Is Fading

June 10, 2017 — Don’t look now, but fast food is fading from view as an obesity villain. Equal parts of boredom and pesky facts seem to be playing a role. Pesky Data Another bit of pesky data surfaced recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Seeking evidence that eating out, especially on fast food, has fuelled obesity […]

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 […]

Virtue at Every Size

June 1, 2017 — Bless his heart. Michael Bloomberg means well. And he’s done a lot of good for the health of New Yorkers. Life expectancy is up. He boldly took on smoking and trans fats. He’s worked tirelessly to nudge New Yorkers toward healthier diets and more active lives. Nibbling on blackberries, grapes, and carrots – artifacts of virtue – he lamented to Frank […]

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, […]

OMG! Jelly Belly Puts Sugar in Its Sports Beans?

May 26, 2017 — Can it be? These wonderful energy beans have no sugar in their ingredient list. How can it be that they’re actually loaded with the stuff? Well, it’s true and Jessica Gomez is suing. She filed a class action lawsuit in Los Angeles, claiming that Jelly Belly deceived her by listing “evaporated cane juice” as the product’s primary […]

Stepping Back or Stepping Up on Food Policy?

May 14, 2017 — You could see it coming. New leadership in the USDA was careful about pulling back on food policy. “We’re not unwinding or winding back any nutritional standards at all,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. He paired these words with actions to ease up on standards advocated by Michelle Obama. But this week it was the […]