Archive for the ‘Food Industry’ Category

Eat Less Junk Food! Effectively Making People Behave Healthier

July 2, 2024 — This is one of the most robust and enduring myths of food policy. The mythology holds that the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods is clear, but many consumers are confused about it. So if we can educate, persuade, cajole, or nudge them toward buying more of those healthy foods and less of the unhealthy […]

ADA 2024: BPA Causes Insulin Resistance. Why Do We Drink It?

June 23, 2024 — A new study presented at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions this weekend shows us quite clearly that bisphenol A (BPA) causes insulin resistance. So we scratch our heads and wonder. Why do we keep on drinking it? This is no trivial observational study of correlations that would be easy to dismiss. Rather, it is […]

The Endless Misery of Endless Shrimp: Why?

June 16, 2024 — All-you-can-eat is a trap. In repeated case studies, it drives restaurants to lose money, sometimes to the point of bankruptcy. The latest poster child is Red Lobster and its Endless Shrimp deal that brought the chain financial misery and a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. How did this happen? Why did management seemingly have no clue […]

Evolving Obesity Care: How Do We Get There from Here?

June 14, 2024 — It is unmistakable, Lee Kaplan tells us. Obesity care is evolving. But the change is painfully slow and inadequate – especially in comparison to the rapid advancement in tools for treating obesity. The slow progress is especially painful when you compare it to the progress made against HIV or COVID. In 1984, HIV was almost […]

Good, Bad, Ugly: Planetary Health and Ultra-Processed Foods

June 11, 2024 — Keeping up with virtues and vices in food just keeps getting harder. Planetary health is a virtue to pursue, but ultra-processed food is a vice, and plant-based foods are virtuous unless they are ultra-processed. Then perhaps they become virtuous vices. So confusing. A series of publications this week adds to the confusion. In the American […]

Good Taste in Treatment for Obesity – Biologically

June 4, 2024 — New research at the annual Endocrine Society meeting in Boston suggests that semaglutide treatment may work in part through enhancement of taste sensitivity in persons with obesity – especially sensitivity to the sweetness of foods. Mojca Jensterle Sever presented the results. She explained: “Some studies have reported that individuals living with obesity often perceive tastes […]

Prediction: Guidelines Will Disappoint Ultra-Processed Hardliners

May 31, 2024 — It’s difficult to make predictions – especially about the future. Nonetheless, it’s not hard to see that the new 2025 edition of dietary guidelines will disappoint ultra-processed hardliners. The rhetoric from that sector sounds increasingly like something from a highly polarized presidential campaign. We pity the nutrition scientists and clinicians who have the hard job […]

Will Advanced Obesity Medicines Change the Food Environment?

May 27, 2024 — The top dishes for this Memorial Day in the U.S. are hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue ribs, grilled chicken, corn on the cob, coleslaw, and potato salad. Homemade, none of it (except maybe the hot dogs) belongs to the current boogeyman category of ultra-processed food. Nor does it qualify as the bedrock of a healthy diet. […]

Trash Talk About Obesity and Food

May 19, 2024 — Food policy advocates are sharing a music video that captures a certain way of thinking. The choruses are nothing but trash talk about obesity and food. “It’s your own damn fault,” says one verse. In the next, “a team of evil scientists through rigorous testing created the most abominable snacks.” So it draws us into […]

The “Success” of Food Policy in Chile to Fight Obesity

May 8, 2024 — Eight years ago, Chile implemented a sweeping food policy initiative to fight obesity. Many public health advocates quickly endorsed these policies. Researcher Deborah Cohen praised this as a success and called it a four-point lesson plan for the U.S. and other countries to follow: “Chile recognizes obesity rates are a crisis that demands urgent action. […]