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October 4, 2011

Danish Food Police Add Saturated Fat to Their List of Taxable "Sins"

Denmark is taxing fatty foods to the tune of $1.29/lb, reports the LA Times Booster Shots blog. Add this on to the sin taxes Danes already pay on sugary foods and their national ban on trans fats and I would argue that Denmark is the country with the most progressive food policy in the world.…

July 13, 2011

Is Child Obesity A Form of Child Abuse?

As Art Caplan states in his most recent MSNBC column, childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Whether the result of the food industry, food marketing to children, or lifestyle choices, children (as well as their parents) are getting fat at an alarming rate.…

June 7, 2011

Cicada Sundae, Anyone?

Apparently, the Columbia, MO health department has some concerns about a very popular new ice cream. That’s right, cidada ice cream.…

May 25, 2011

Do Not Fear The Zombie Apocalypse. CDC Has a Plan.

Are you prepared for the “Zombie Apocalypse”? If not, have no fear because the CDC is going to help you get ready for when the undead attack.…

May 20, 2011

Should Ronald McDonald Be Fired?

Public health advocates are waging a war, not against McDonald’s or the fast food industry per se, but against a much easier target: Ronald McDonald.…

March 25, 2011

Religious Belief Makes You Fat?

According to a story in the L.A. Times Booster Shots blog, it would appear that religious belief is strongly correlated with packing on the pounds.…

January 4, 2011

Coming Soon: Skull and Crossbones on Your Coke?

That purveyor of ideas all in the name of the “public’s interest”, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is calling for FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to mandate warning labels on none other than your good ole’ soda pop.…

August 31, 2010

Going to the Movies To Become a Little Less Fun....

When you snuggle down in your movie seat to watch your next action flick or romantic comedy with a barrel sized popcorn bucket and gallon of Coke at your side, your movie theater euphoria might be a bit diminished–if the FDA has anything to say about it.…

May 20, 2010

Public Health Ethics, the Podcast.

Live from the Center for Practical Bioethics, Dr. Summer Johnson (that’s me) provides a basic introduction to public health and public health ethics.…

April 29, 2010

Will Taking the Happy Out of the Happy Meal Keep Kids from Getting Fat?

Well, at least one California county is trying. You have to give them that. In an effort to curb childhood obesity, Santa Clara county, California has banned toys from meals with over 485 calories, effectively fast food.…