As far as epidemics go, childhood obesity may inspire more giggles than fear. But unlike SARS or swine flu, (remember that, when we were all gonna die?) it's no joke. Some 20 percent of kids today are fat.Genetics plays a role, but diet and exercise -- or lack thereof -- are usually the twin culprit ... More >>
In a city where government leaders are proud to regulate your daily calorie intake, it's might be shocking to learn that there are fat activists here -- and they don't care how many Happy Meals you eat.As our sister blog, the Exhibitionist, points out, a San Francisco fat activist has launched t ... More >>
In April last year, the California state Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation shot down AB 669, Assemblymember Bill Monning's attempt to pass a penny-per-ounce tax on all sweetened beverages, such as sodas, energy drinks, and sweetened fruit-juice drinks. Monning's office estimated that the ... More >>
There's an assumption in food-policy circles that obesity rates are high among the poor because they eat so much fast food. It's an assumption that led the LA City Council to ban the construction of new fast-food restaurants in low-income neighborhoods in 2008.
But according to a new study from ... More >>
Perhaps you can have your cake, eat it, and, um, have some more: CNN reports on two newly published studies that argue obesity is not automatically a prescription for death.
The studies looked at the mortality rates for people with a high enough body mass index (BMI) to be considered obese. They di ... More >>
So much for bucking stereotypes. It appears that much-loved European canard about overweight Americans is, well... increasingly true. An annual obesity report has found that only one U.S. state -- Colorado -- has an obesity rate under 20 percent. (In 1995, according to the Associated Press, no st ... More >>
Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.
1. Fair Trade Is Not Always Fair. The coffee blog Sprudge sent me to this disturbing story in Canada's National Post: A decade-long study of Nicaraguan coffee farmers by University o ... More >>
Invest in some Binaca, San Francisco. Fat Activists, outraged at a recent blog article on the Marie Claire website titled "Should Fatties Get a Room (Even on TV)?" have called for a "Big, Fat Kiss-In" at Fifth and Market at 6 p.m. Marie Claire is a Hearst publication -- and this will be convenien ... More >>
Cheers, Gavin..."Big Soda" is celebrating a bit today. How about a Fresca? With Mayor Gavin Newsom announcing the curtailing of his plan to impose a fee on the sales of soda within city limits to fund anti-obesity efforts, the folks who sell said sodas are satiated. "We're very happy with his cha ... More >>
Our favorite morsel from the blogs.
Ever since Fast Food Nation went bathroom-reading bestseller, high-fructose corn syrup has left a sour taste with shoppers at or above the level of Safeway basic. Today, reports the Associated Press, the Corn Refiners Association is seeking to change that, not ... More >>
Not on city property you don't, Mean Joe...Gavin Newsom's executive order forbidding soda machines on city property from hawking sugary soda is interesting for three reasons. One, the next photographer to snap a shot of Baby Montana with a soda is famous. Two, it warrants mentioning that Newsom d ... More >>
The Upstairs Room/FlickrWouldn't you rather have a can of guava nectar?Our favorite morsel from the blogs.
At SFoodie's sister news blog, The Snitch, editor Joe Eskenazi ticks off the reasons Mayor Newsom's ban on sodas in vending machines on city property doesn't make sense.
Newsom unleas ... More >>