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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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Everyday Insults

I am working on a major post at the moment, one that looks at income and household expenses in my zip code and puts food costs into context. That will take another day or two to get finished. In the

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Crappy Diets are Ubiquitous

One of the biggest fat myths out there is that non-fat people eat sensible diets, composed mostly of organic kale, macrobiotic yogurt and lean meats, they only drink water and green tea, and they get their exercise every day. They

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Posted in Culture, Food, Health, Obesity

Regulate the Poor

Right on cue, the LA Times has an article that focuses on a study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on how best to regulate the poor by figuring out how to micro-manage what someone using SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

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

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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Posted in Culture, Food, Health, Obesity

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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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

A Rose by Any Other Name

So I’m perusing one of my favorite food sites, Eater: San Diego, to see what food insanity is gripping my fair burgh today, and I come across a link to this click-bait article, “How ‘Hyperpalatable’ Foods Could Turn You Into

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Demon Rum Redux

I was perusing the LA Times this morning (hate the redesign, guys, not everyone uses a fucking iPad, y’know…) and came across an article in the Health & Fitness section called ‘Fed Up’ documentary lays blame for American obesity on

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