obesity

obesity

How food and beverage companies are shaping public conversation on obesity

With nutrition-related diseases regularly making headlines, food and beverage companies are eager to portray themselves as part of the solution. In this Q&A, BMSG's Laura Nixon discusses new research on industry messaging and implications for public health. Read more >


Big Food and Big Tobacco take the long view and so should advocates

To create a favorable political climate and protect their profits, both the food and tobacco industries have devised ways to anticipate -- and counter -- threats. Their tactics, often hidden from the public, reveal an important lesson: Success happens over the long haul -- advocates should plan accordingly. Read more >


What Coke's new ads don't tell you

In its latest ad campaign, Coca-Cola claims that it is committed to fighting obesity -- so why doesn't the beverage giant stop targeting low-income children of color? Read more >


Shooting ourselves in the foot: How the way we talk about food issues puts public health advocates at a disadvantage

Language matters. It affects not only how people view an issue but also how they act on it. When it comes to discussing food policy, a couple of language pitfalls may be thwarting advocates' efforts at change. Read more >


Why we should stop using the word 'obesity'

Obesity is a symptom of a much bigger problem. Yet many of the groups working to improve health equity have placed responsibility for the country's growing waistlines and related health issues squarely on the shoulders of individuals. And the food industry is reaping the benefits. Read more >


Have food deserts turned into food swamps?

Everyone needs easy access to healthy, affordable food. Yet this basic point is getting lost in recent media coverage of new research that questions the existence of food deserts and their potential relationship to obesity. Read more >


Media coverage of autism study leaves out critical context

News coverage of a study that links the risk of autism to obesity during pregnancy frames the issue primarily as it relates to expecting mothers' eating and exercise habits. It largely ignores the social, cultural, and environmental factors that contribute to obesity. Read more >


Paula Deen and the politics of personal responsibility

Following Food Network star Paula Deen's announcment that she has Type-2 diabetes, fans have rallied behind her in support. But the arguments that they -- and Deen herself -- are using to defend her promotion of high-calorie foods are eerily similar to the industry rhetoric used to defend another Southern product: tobacco. Read more >


McDonald's says no to kids' health

McDonald's has found a way to skirt a San Francisco ordinance requiring restaurants offering toys to make sure the food that comes with them meets certain nutrition standards. Instead of making its Happy Meals healthier, McDonald's is now charging for toys. But even if the fast feeder is complying with the law, they are hardly off the hook. Read more >


Food Day is also about food justice

The food and beverage industry's deceptive and unhealthy marketing practices contribute to the high rates of obesity often found among communities of color. Food Day, an annual event launched recently by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, offers an opportunity to speak out against these practices.



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