Seems like a pretty straightforward question, right? Unfortunately, nothing about nutrition science is straightforward. That especially means research, which is flooded with massive amounts of industry funding each year. I’ve already written about the hundreds of millions of dollars Coca-Cola and PepsiCo pour into public health each year. But is this a bad thing? From […]Read more "Do sugary drinks cause obesity and diabetes?: How financial conflicts of interest determine the answer"
Coca-Cola is a marketing machine. It’s in the company’s DNA. Go back to its roots in the 1880’s and 1890’s when the company’s pharmacist founders were asking the question: how can we get people to buy a product whose main ingredient is one of Earth’s most abundant elements – water? Fast forward to today, when we’re now […]Read more "Coca-Cola’s century old strategy to influence perceptions and policy"
Last night I attended the first event in the brand new, monstrous US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (a bit humorous that the first event is for a soccer match and not a football game, but I digress…). An impressive 65,000 people came out to watch Chelsea versus AC Milan, a clash between two of Europe’s […]Read more "McDonald’s uses kids as their personal billboard at international soccer match"
In 2009, a group of the world’s largest and most powerful food and beverage companies banded together to make a voluntary pledge of reducing calories in the US food supply. This group of now 16 food and beverage companies, which control about 25% of the US food supply, formed the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. It […]Read more "A lesson in how major food and beverage companies influence public perceptions about obesity"
If you watch television in the evening, chances are you’ll see a commercial for some type of unhealthy food or beverage product. Food and beverage companies pump some $2 billion into marketing to children each year. As a result, kids see more than ten food-related food ads every day. These ads aren’t confined to television […]Read more "You might be immune to junk food advertising, but your kids aren’t"
“At least once in your life you did something that was brave…only question is…when will we care enough to be brave again?” […]Read more "Weekend Roundup: low-fat diets and weight loss; how stress makes you sick; and improving your squat"
Last week I sent out a tweet about the mark up that some healthy foods receive. I finished one of my typical lunchtime swim sessions at the Lifetime Fitness pool and needed to grab a quick snack. My next meeting started in 30 minutes and I didn’t have time to go back to the office […]Read more "The Cost of Convenience"