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Fat and Healthy

The very hardest part of refusing to play ball with the Diet Zombies is trying to disconnect what a person weighs from what the food police presume is the current internal workings of that person’s body. If you pack more

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Posted in Health, Obesity

Against Invasive Puritanism

In a rare case of common sense, the California Assembly’s Health Committee declined to pass through to the full Assembly a bill that would require soda pop – and only soda pop – to carry warning labels that sugar contributes

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Posted in Politics

Food Fundamentalism

One of the most frustrating aspects of Fat Land Living is trying to deal with the pseudoscience and anti-modern tropes of Whole Foods Nation. Their determination to believe in the sanctity of Nature and the irredeemably corrupt world of modern

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Real Processed Food

Something that I encounter out in the Intertubz on a regular basis is the fantasy that all health issues, especially obesity, can be prevented, avoided, healed, resolved, etc., by eating “real” food and avoiding “processed” food.  So, curmudgeon that I

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By the Sweat of Your Brow

A well distributed screen grab from Fed Up shows a swimming pool with two people doing laps. Superimposed on them photo is an icon of a cup of french fries modeled on a standard McDonald’s package and the words “1

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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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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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It Adds Up

I’m a little sorry to keep harping on the Fed Up “documentary” but it encapsulates so much of what is wrong with food politics in this country that it’s the gift that keeps on giving. The fun today is its

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Fed Up with Fat Shaming

I recently wrote a post on the LA Times’ review of the documentary Fed Up, Demon Rum Redux. My focus was on the way sugar is promoted as the single point of failure when diagnosing the societal increase in body

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Posted in Culture, Economics, Politics

A Spoonful of Sugar

Why won’t I take the obesity epidemic and onslaught of bad, manufactured food seriously? Do I really not care about children weighing 200 pounds, about the rocketing incidence of diabetes, the intense marketing of food that is calorically dense and

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Posted in Culture, Economics, Food, Health, Obesity, Politics
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