Nutrition

Gov’t Efforts to Fight Childhood Obesity ‘Inexplicable’ ‘Nutritional Nannying’ According to Trump White House

Last week the Center for Disease Control released the latest data it’s compiled on obesity among the U.S. population. The trends continue upward for both children and adults, though advocates and the food industry had hoped that a plateau of the childhood rate in recent years would begin to turn into a decline. The rates…

Should FDA be an independent agency? – Marion Nestle

Take note of nutritionist, author and academic Marion Nestle’s post on the FDA today: The FDA is a public health agency housed in the health department. BUT: it gets its congressional funding from House and Senate Agricultural committees. Reports Nestle: “A couple of weeks ago, Politico reported that six former commissioners of the FDA agreed that this…

A Big Fat Crisis – Tackling the Hidden Causes of the Obesity Epidemic by Deborah A. Cohen, MD

Published on Jul 3, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. We’re told that if we are overweight, it’s because we can’t control ourselves. Personal responsibility has been cited as a cause of obesity over and over again. If that were true one third of America should be considered irresponsible. Deborah Cohen debunks this myth and provides the real causes of the obesity epidemic and how we can stop them.

Dr. Cohen is a physician and Senior Scientist at the RAND Corporation and is the Principal Investigator of several studies on the intersection of the built environment and health. She is the author of the new book “A Big Fat Crisis—the Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic—and How We Can End It” and the co-author of the book, “Prescription for a Healthy Nation—a new approach to improving our health by fixing our everyday world”. She is the lead researcher on several studies investigating ways to change the environment to reduce the burden of chronic diseases.

Sen. Warren Calls Speaker Ryan Poverty Plan an ‘Agenda for Creating Poverty’

Though the Pentagon continues to have all the funds it requires to purchase weapons that do not work and serve primarily to enrich defense contractors, House Republicans continue to push for balancing the federal budget on the backs of the poor. From the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: House GOP’s Attention to Poverty Is…

FDA’s New Food Label: Sugar in the Crosshairs

The attention of regulators, politicians, doctors, activists and advocates continues to be on sugar, the FDA’s recent addition of an “Added Sugar” category to the Nutrition Facts label being a most recent example. Information courtesy of the FDA. Highlights of the Final Nutrition Facts Label 1. Features a Refreshed Design The “iconic” look of the…

National Commission on Hunger Recommends Excluding Sugar-Sweetened Beverages from SNAP Purchases – ABA Comes Out Swinging

The National Commission on Hunger has released its final report, which is available to read here. The bipartisan composition of the Commission – half its ten members were appointed by congressional Republicans, the other half by Democrats – may lend its recommendations more weight than would normally be the case, which may explain why the American…