Posts Tagged ‘politics’

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 […]

Soda Tax Experiment Progresses in Philly

June 18, 2016 — A new soda tax experiment will be starting January 1 in Philadelphia. On Thursday, the Philadelphia city voted 13-1 to approve a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on all packaged beverages that are sweetened with sugar or no-calorie sweeteners. The beverage industry says it will sue to stop the tax from being implemented. To his credit, Philadelphia’s […]

Bernie Sanders: “Soda Tax Will Hurt Poor People”

April 27, 2016 — In the heated debate over soda taxes, traditional labels of conservative, liberal, progressive, and regressive just got a little more confusing. Bernie Sanders, the favorite of young, liberal voters is not backing down from saying that a Philly soda tax will hurt poor people and so he opposes it. In a Philadelphia town hall Monday […]

Soda Sales Down, Childhood Obesity Epidemic Over

April 1, 2016 — Following news that soda sales are down to levels not seen since the 1980s, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a massive celebration at the White House last night, marking the end of the childhood obesity epidemic. With the President at her side, the First Lady told an assembled crowd of trim and fit youngsters: We’ve […]

Michelle Obama’s Food Fight: Five Outcomes

March 21, 2016 — Michelle Obama’s food fight made its big debut under the Let’s Move! banner six years ago. The stated purpose — “solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation” — has turned out to be more aspirational than literal. All the talk about childhood obesity gave way to a focus on healthy eating and food policy. Six […]

Obesity Policy: Incomplete or Completely Off Target?

March 4, 2016 — In a pair of point-counterpoint essays, the Journal of  Health Politics, Policy, and Law is presenting two frank assessments of obesity policy: incomplete or completely off target. John Cawley offers the more optimistic assessment. He suggests that some of the present, incomplete efforts, if combined, could produce important changes. Malana Essington and Attila Hertelendy paint a picture […]