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November 29, 2011

Why Fat Cannot Make You Unfit to Parent

An eight-year-old Cleveland Heights, Ohio boy has been taken away from his parents by Child Protective Services. An unfortunate, but routine occurrence in the world of CPS–but this time the case has an usual cause—this third grader weighs more than 200 pounds and in the judgement of some Cuyahoga County officials his parents are the cause of his abuse to his health and well-being.…

October 20, 2011

Food Fight: Industry versus the IOM

If we are what we eat, shouldn’t we know what we are, in fact, eating? This simple idea may be much harder to support than one would guess thanks to lobbying on the part of the food industry, says Arthur Caplan in his MSNBC column today.…

October 6, 2011

Disaster Ethics: From Kansas City to New Orleans to Joplin

The Center for Practical Bioethics is hosting a symposium and forum on the ethics of disasters on December 7 at the Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch.…

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.…