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Most of my favorite factoids about obesity are historical ones, and they don’t make it into the new, four-part HBO documentary on the subject, The Weight of the Nation . Absent, for instance, is the fact that the very first childhood-obesity clinic in the United States was founded in the late 1930s at Columbia University by a young German physician, Hilde Bruch. As Bruch later told it, her inspiration was simple: she arrived in New York in 1934 and was “startled” by the number of fat kids she saw—“really fat ones, not only in clinics, but on the streets and subways, and in schools.”
#3. Fake Berries Imagine a blueberry muffin. Getty One muffin, you greedy bastards. Even with your freshly gained knowledge that there may or may not be some cellulose in the cake mix, it's pretty impossible not to start salivating at the thought.
If there's one thing in the world the food industry is dead set against, it's allowing you to actually maintain some level of control over what you eat. See, they have this whole warehouse full of whatever they bought last week when they were drunk that they need to get rid of -- and they will do so by feeding it all to you . And it doesn't matter how many pesky "lists of ingredients" and consumer protections stand between you and them. #6.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistic's Consumer Expenditure Survey reported 121 million "consumer units" in 2010. They had an average of 2.5 persons, 1.3 earners and 1.9 vehicles; 66 percent were homeowners, and the average age of the reference person was 49. Average consumer unit income before taxes was $62,500 and average annual expenditures $48,100 (www.bls.gov/cex). These expenditures included $6,100 for food (almost 13 percent of expenditures). Food spending was split 59-41 percent, including $3,600 for food eaten at home ($69 a week) and $2,500 for food bought away from home ($48 a week).
Peak Oil and Soil (Eric Andrews, August 1, 2007) We’re discussing the value of soil especially in the context of Peak Oil, the devil is in the details. There are two parts to this: First is that readers may not realize the gravity of the situation concerning food and Peak Oil. There is a wing of the Peak Oil argument that statistically demonstrates how food presently can be said to be a form of oil.
This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN : And that was an excerpt of the Oscar-nominated documentary Food, Inc. Today we’re going to spend the hour with one of the key voices in that film, journalist and bestselling author Michael Pollan.
Environmental group says "Dirty Dozen" of produce contains 47 to 67 pesticides per serving Government says consuming pesticides in low amounts is not harmful Studies have found association between pesticides and health problems Is enough being done to protect us from chemicals that could harm us? Watch "Toxic America," a special two-night investigative report with Sanjay Gupta, M.D., June 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.
(NaturalNews) Yes, you really can eat your way to happiness, but perhaps not in the way you might first imagine. By "happiness," I mean lasting happiness, not the fleeting kind of sensory happiness that might be experienced from sucking the cream filling out of a twinkie. And that's the distinction that really matters here: When I talk about happiness, I'm talking about sustainable happiness , not a brief moment of spurious excitement that soon reverses itself and leads to depression. You see, a lot of people try to eat their way to happiness by eating the "instant joy" foods like ice cream, donuts, cookies and yes, even twinkies.
Health Wire Posted by Jimmy Mengel - Friday, April 2nd, 2010 Have you ever tried to give up something for an entire month? The offending product is usually a vice — like drinking or smoking — and avoiding it is pretty cut and dried. The rules weren't quite so crystal clear for April Davila, who has just finished a month-long crusade against genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The ubiquity of GM ingredients was already weighing on Davila, a Los Angeles-based writer.
This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN : Healthcare reform may be stalled in Congress, but we turn now to an issue that rarely comes up in discussions about improving our healthcare system. The relationship between emotional stress and disease, between mental an physical health, more broadly, is often considered controversial within medical orthodoxy. But my next guest argues not all aspects of illness can be reduced to facts verified by the strictest scientific techniques.
SOMERVILLE — For most of his life Joe McCain subsisted on pepperoni and sausage pizza, steak bomb subs, and anything “fried, fried, or fried.’’ In other words, says the Somerville police detective with a shaved head, snowy beard, and tattoos cascading up his arms, chest, and neck, “I ate like an American.’’ When McCain reached his mid-40s the party ended. Topping the scales at 257 pounds and bulging out of his clothes, the stout father of three was fat, unhappy, and “terribly uncomfortable.’’ On the advice of his childhood friend Brian Rothwell, a yoga instructor and lifelong vegan, McCain cut meat, dairy, eggs, chicken, and fish from his diet and added power vinyasa yoga, which helped him shed 60 pounds in eight months.