Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

Let’s Tax Junk Food All Across America

January 19, 2018 — Call it “a modest proposal” if you like. But the authors probably don’t intend this to be satire. Writing in the American Journal of Public Health, Jennifer Pomeranz and colleagues tell us that we can tax junk food all across America anytime we want to. They offer a wry conclusion. “Political feasibility in the current political […]

Is Genetic Risk of Obesity Really So Hard to Grasp?

January 13, 2018 — C’mon Medscape. Genes are no excuse for obesity? Is that the best you can do with a fine study of obesity, diet, and genetic risk? Sadly, Medscape’s bias about obesity is showing. That’s because the website translated hope for overcoming obesity into a finger wagging headline about excuses. Highly Heritable, Poorly Understood Scientists have long […]

Puritanism Makes Faulty Health Policy

January 12, 2018 — The puritanism within us is alive and well, says Matthew Hutson. That much is clear from a new, white-hot debate published in the Annual Review of Public Health. That debate is all about nicotine. But our ongoing obsession with the perils of sugar echoes many of the same themes – along with some important differences. Nicotine: […]

The Odd Symbiosis Between Nutrition Activists and Big Food

January 10, 2018 — Consumers eat for good health. They always have. It used to be that USDA was the primary focal point for telling us how to eat healthy. But now, nutrition activists have a prominent voice in setting the agenda for healthy eating. And in setting that agenda, they’re providing critical fuel for the marketing machinery of […]

Obesity Care and Prevention: Best Available Evidence

January 6, 2018 — Evidence is a good thing, right? And when it comes to dealing with a wicked problem like obesity, we certainly advocate for following the evidence. Most people do. And yet, we often find controversies erupting about what the best available evidence tells us we should be doing. Evidence-Based Public Health More and more, we hear […]

Low Dieting Diets Dominate 2018 Best Diets

January 4, 2018 — In case you hadn’t noticed, the 2018 Best Diets feature is out. It’s great click bait for people feeling the weight of all those holiday celebrations. Not much has changed. But the picture is just a little sharper this year. The real news is that this best diets list is, at its heart, anti-dieting. A […]

An Unfortunate Blend of Obesity and Public Health Policies

January 2, 2018 — One of the problems facing public health is the framing of public health policies as obesity prevention strategies. Such policies may be good for broader population health outcomes but may not have an effect on obesity. Another problem facing public health is the failure to recognize that obesity is a complex chronic disease. No Simple […]

Obesity, Nutrition, and Health in 2018: What’s Hot, What’s Not

January 1, 2018 — Let’s face it. We might be better off ignoring 80 percent of the reporting on obesity, nutrition, and health. Especially in nutrition, what’s hot one year turns cold the next. And the hot headlines often don’t match the facts. With that said here’s a brief, subjective rundown of some hot and cold subjects for the […]

A Shift Toward Dialogue with Big Food

December 30, 2017 — Maybe dialogue is still possible. Perhaps it’s even productive, even in the face of strong disagreements. Michael Jacobson, the founder of CSPI, is the man who coined the phrase “junk food.” He’s not afraid to pump out sensational headlines or sue the food industry. So it’s remarkable to hear him tell the Washington Post he […]

Milestones That Defined 2017 in Health and Obesity

December 26, 2017 — This bumpy year is just about done. It started with a dramatic changes in Washington and dramatic expressions of protest about those changes. So today, we’ll take a look at the stories that serve to define the year in health, nutrition, and obesity. These milestones are mere markers on the course of this year. But […]