Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Can SNAP Food Assistance Work Smarter?

January 24, 2017 — SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is the backbone of government efforts to fight hunger. So, naturally, everybody has ideas about ways to make it work smarter. And in a large supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a diverse group of nutrition activists put forward their ideas and analyses. The central idea is […]

A Nation Divided on Healthy Food

December 21, 2016 — If you want some understanding of why sensible food policy is so hard, study the results of new opinion research by the Pew Research Center. Researchers Cary Funk and Brian Kennedy find that beliefs about healthy food, more than education and facts, shape the way that people think about questions: These choices reflect personalized “ideologies” […]

Mixed Signals on Trump Food Policy

November 26, 2016 — Food policy wonks are agitated and confused. Many of them worry about withdrawal from the lavish attention their pet issues received from the soon to be former First Lady Michelle Obama. Some, who are more sympathetic to the food industry, see an opening. But the signals are decidedly mixed on Trump Food Policy. Early in the […]

Will Trump Bulldoze the White House Vegetable Garden?

November 18, 2016 — A certain amount of angst is bubbling up around the subject of food policy under President-elect Donald Trump. That angst crystallizes in speculation about the possibility that Trump would bulldoze the White House vegetable garden. But beyond that symbolic question, many nitty gritty policy details will tell the full story. Certainly, plowing under the vegetable […]

War and Peace with the Food Industry

October 7, 2016 — Depending upon what you read this week, First Lady Michelle has either rolled over for the food industry or brilliantly changed the industry’s direction. In our polarized world, the same facts fit neatly into two stories that go in opposite directions. Michael Pollan – famous for suggesting that we “eat food” – serves up a lengthy accounting […]

The Fat Shaming Wisecrack that Just Won’t Fade

September 30, 2016 — Here we are at the end of the week that started with the most-watched presidential debate of all time, and people are still talking about a fat shaming wisecrack from Donald Trump. When Trump mentioned a hacker “sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds” Monday night, it seemed like an afterthought. But now, people […]

Presidential Snacks: Fries, Peppers, and Seven Almonds

August 10, 2016 — Tired of this election season already? We’re with you. So instead of dwelling on Donald Trump’s sound bytes, Hillary Clinton’s emails, or that lame duck Barack Obama, let’s talk presidential snacks! Trump has a fondness for McDonald’s, KFC, taco bowls, diners, and overcooked steaks. In his now famous effort to tell Hispanic voters that he loves […]

Obesity Treatment Prevention Is Working Very Well

August 5, 2016 — Obesity treatment prevention is probably the one and only obesity-related policy that is working with 99% effectiveness. A new study in Obesity gives us hard numbers for this overwhelming success. John Batsis and Julie Bynum analyzed Medicare claims from 2012 and 2013 for more than 27 million beneficiaries. They were looking for people who received intensive […]

Subsidizing Obesity

July 9, 2016 — A new analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine raises the possibility that agricultural policies are subsidizing obesity. In their analysis, Karen Siegel and colleagues find that consuming food from subsidized agricultural commodities is a risk factor for obesity and cardiometabolic disease. They conclude: Nutritional guidelines are focused on the population’s needs for healthier foods, but to date food […]

China’s New Diet

July 1, 2016 — China wants to go on something of a vegetarian diet. New dietary guidelines from the Chinese Nutrition Society and the Ministry of Health call for a 50% reduction in meat consumption. The primary driver for this advice is the impact of meat production on CO2 emissions and climate change.  Without reducing meat consumption, it may be impossible […]