Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Myth of Sisyphus

The prognosis is worse than not good. The prognosis is that the condition is terminal. We denizens of Fat Land are aware that the task of losing weight is a terminal condition. Most of us will die in the process.

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Whole Foods Nation

While I write a lot about food, health and obesity, this is first and foremost a political blog. I’m interested in excavating and interrogating the comfortable assumptions that get passed around in the US, turning into conventional wisdom, asinine legislation

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My Environment

When I decided, back in 2011, that I needed to do things for myself to improve my health, I knew this couldn’t be yet another round of find a diet and lose some weight. Been there, done that, knew it

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The Land of the Fat

The big news in the War on Fat this morning is a research analysis paper published in The Lancet. It is a survey of studies and reports of height and weight in populations around the world. It is, oddly enough,

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The Raw, the Cooked and the Half-Baked

There are many agendas and themes in America’s food politics. One major current, with various tributaries, is the obsession with “natural” and “healthy” foods, always presented as the counter-balance to “unnatural” and “toxic” food. It is time for some political

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May Grocery Costs

I just got done with the grocery budget for May and thought I’d share. Unlike my weekly menus, which make use of pantry items like oil and sugar that may have been purchased some time ago, this account is what

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Diet Soda Does Not Make You Fat

Today’s round of pearl clutching by the food paranoiacs is brought on by the absolutely unsurprising news that zero-calorie beverages (aka, diet sodas) do not make you pile on the pounds. Worse, it may be that indulging in some sweet

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Health Class

As I asked in an early post, Not Obvious, just what is “health” (and all variants of the term) when it comes to food? The Fed Up documentary has people blathering about “healthy eating” and “healthy food,” but how well

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Food Security

I’m chuckling over the news of the day. Variations on this headline, Cheaper Food May Be Fueling U.S. Obesity Epidemic, are all over. Societal body mass has increased because food is cheap to buy and easy to consume. In short,

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Learning to Walk

As I talked about in A Call to Action, taking better care of myself meant, first and foremost, being more active, which meant being more conscious about being active. It meant that I had to learn how to walk. You

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