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Dear Beverage Industry: Yes, 12-Year-Olds Are Children.

Dear Beverage Industry: Yes, 12-Year-Olds Are Children.

The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity (full disclosure: I work for them) just released the Sugary Drink Facts Report, exhaustively detailing the nutrition of products offered by the beverage industry, and how the industry markets them...

November 21, 2014 — Patrick Mustain
Judging Food By Its Cover: Nutrition Labels Are One Area Where Consumer Is Not King

Judging Food By Its Cover: Nutrition Labels Are One Area Where Consumer Is Not King

It's a tired refrain: "It's all about consumer choice, we can't limit choice, the consumer is king."  Every time some pesky public health advocate wants to try to reform the food environment, the industry starts to shriek about limiting choices and taking away people's freedom.  New York City's attempt to remove "bucket" as an acceptable [...]..

August 28, 2014 — Patrick Mustain

What if we all just stopped trying to lose weight? (video)

By focusing on weight, we may be missing the broader picture of what it means to be healthy. Brian Mattson is not the picture of health. Few would look at him and say: "There's a healthy fellow." But that's a shame, because Mattson is a pretty healthy guy...

May 22, 2014 — Patrick Mustain
A Tired Game of Telephone: Scientists, Reporters, Pundits and Politics

A Tired Game of Telephone: Scientists, Reporters, Pundits and Politics

  In going after CDC study, Reuters report misrepresents WIC experts, their research. The Press Release That Started it All In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association on obesity prevalence that concluded: "Overall, there have been no significant changes in obesity [...]..

March 20, 2014 — Patrick Mustain
Cultivating Reform: Planting The Seeds For Healing The Food System

Cultivating Reform: Planting The Seeds For Healing The Food System

In late October, the Yale Rudd Center got a visit from Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right To Food. He began his talk, Reforming the Food Systems: Making the Transition Succeed,  by painting a bleak picture. There are three areas in which our food systems are failing us, De Schutter said: ecological limits, social [...]..

November 20, 2013 — Patrick Mustain
The Marketing Diet: Want to lose weight? Give up Marketing.

The Marketing Diet: Want to lose weight? Give up Marketing.

The Groundbreaking, Scientifically-Advanced Technique Guaranteed To Melt Away The Pounds And Fix Every Problem In Your Life. Did you know that there is a powder that you can sprinkle onto your food that will make you lose weight?...

September 30, 2013 — Patrick Mustain
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