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Confessions of a Nanny-State Food Cop: The Truth about Public Health

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I’m not really sure when I first started hating freedom. Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved controlling people, interfering with their lives, and keeping them from having any fun. That’s why I went into public health. For years, people like Michelle Malkin and Richard Berman have been warning you about the meddlesome food police—determined [...]

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Is Our Focus on Obesity Holding Back Public Health?

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What causes obesity? Advertising junk food to kids? Cheap soda? The demise of physical education in public schools? Too much screen time? Or maybe, it’s one of the little boxes in this Obesity System Influence Diagram, developed in 2007 by British researchers for their government’s Foresight Project: Holy cow, I believe are the words you’re [...]

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Of course a soda tax will work. Why else would the industry fight it so hard? (VIDEO)

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Sugary drinks are the single-largest contributor to added sugars in the American diet. Their consumption increases risk of type II diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Experts agree that rising sugary drink consumption has been a major contributor to the obesity epidemic, and that reducing consumption is a public health imperative. Over the last [...]

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Follow #SodaSummit14 For a Few Thousand Reasons Not to Drink Sugary Beverages

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Today marks the beginning of the 2014 National Soda Summit, a conference hosted in Washington D.C. by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The summit runs through June 5th. Researchers, policy makers, and public health advocates are gathering to share the latest science, policies, and practices related to reducing sugary beverage consumption. If [...]

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Book Review: The Diet Fix–Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work

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  The Diet Fix: why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work, by Yoni Freedhoff, MD, is available March 4, 2014. It starts with a prescription for chocolate. Clearly this is not your average diet book. Over nearly ten years and thousands of hours working with patients with weight management issues at his Bariatric Medical [...]

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A Point-By-Point Response To The Beverage Industry Script

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UPDATE, Feb 3, 8:35 pm: As mysteriously as the comment was removed, after this blogpost was published the comment went back up. Still no word as to why it was removed in the first place. On January 27th, San Francisco news station KGO-TV ran a news story about a possible tax on sugary beverages. As [...]

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It Is Not True That Kids Won’t Eat Healthy Food: Why The New USDA School Food Guidelines Are Very Necessary

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Children in the U.S. are eating poorly and not getting enough physical activity, and this is contributing to higher rates of childhood obesity and related health issues. To help stem this problem, in 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The legislation gave a green light to the USDA to update, for the first [...]

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