Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday Stories: ISIS, Alzheimer's, and Addiction

Image by Psychonaught
Abe Greenwald, in Commentary, presents a blistering indictment of Obama's foreign policy as it pertains to the Middle East and ISIS.

Jann Arden, on Facebook, with a candid, heartbreaking, glimpse into her experiences caring for her mother who has Alzheimer's

Eli Saslow in the Washington Post with a long read on what it's like to live with addiction.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Sir David Attenborough Meets Pokemon Go

Today's Funny Friday will appeal to both players and non-players alike!

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Kudos to Pita Pit. Really! Healthy Help From A Fast Food Joint.

Thanks to Middlesex County's Anita Cramp for sending this photo my way!

It's one she took in a local Pita Pit and as she puts it, Pita Pit has,
"made water the easy and free choice"
So much better than the choice of more expensive bottled water vs. less expensive soda.

Thanks Pita Pit! Would love to see all fast food restaurants follow suit.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

The Food Industry Spends A Cancer Moonshot On Advertising Every 3 Weeks

Some perspective.

Did you hear about the "Cancer Moonshot 2020"?

In their words,
"The Cancer MoonShot 2020 Program is one of the most comprehensive cancer collaborative initiatives launched to date, seeking to accelerate the potential of combination immunotherapy as the next generation standard of care in cancer patients."
And so what's the cost of this ambitious program over the course of the next 5 years?

$1 billion.

Sound impressive?

Maybe less so when you consider that according to AdAge, in 2014 alone, the top 25 US food industry brands spent just shy of 15x that amount advertising their products.

That's a moonshot worth every 3 weeks!

Spread that out over the billion dollar moonshot's 5 year duration and suddenly you realize that through 2020 the food industry will spend 75 times more money trying to get you to buy Coca-Cola, KFC, Cheerios, Dunkin, etc., than the government will be spending on their "MoonShot" to cure cancer.

If we want to see population level improvements to diet, no doubt that part of the requirement will be food industry advertising reform. Banning advertising that targets kids altogether, reforming front-of-package claims, cracking down on deceit, and more, because with a cancer moonshot of food industry advertising every three weeks, consumers don't stand a chance if we don't.

[And of course the other issue worth noting is how incredibly irresponsible it is to promote a 5-year, billion dollar investment as a cancer moonshot.]

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday Stories: Syrian Hell, Vegan Restaurant Review, False Tests and Cooking

That this photo from the Atlantic of Aleppo, Syria is over 4 years old is terrifying
Dr. Samer Attar in the New England Journal of Medicine on the hell of Syria (warning, this is a very tough read - and you should read it anyways)

Michael Deacon, on a much lighter note, with his review in the Telegraph of a new, trendy, London, vegan restaurant.

Ryan Gabrielson and Topher Sanders in ProPublica with the awful story of the regularly false test that's sending people to jail.

My friend Darya Rose on her Summer Tomato blog on "The Real Reason You Don't Cook". Darya also kindly offered up a $15 discount code for Weighty Matters readers who want to sign up for her online course on how to cook without recipes in just 30 days (I don't get any cut or referral bonus) just enter COOKINGMATTERS15 at checkout.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Muscle Beach' Strongest Grandpa

Loved today's Funny Friday video.

That won't be me though one day.

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

JCPenney Airs The Fat Acceptance Ad That Everyone Should See #HereIAm

This new ad campaign from JCPenney is wonderful.

Watching it, and hearing its messages, has me wanting to hear them more often.

Fat or skinny, weight doesn't define a person. Shocking how challenging it is to make that point. Kudos and thanks to JCPenney for making it so phenomenally well.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

It's More Important To Teach Your Kids to Cook Than to Play Soccer

Photo courtesy of yoshiyasu nishikawa 
Yes, I know there will be people whose challenges and circumstances are real and severe enough that they genuinely can't ensure their kids learn how to cook before leaving home. This post isn't for them. This post is for everyone else.

For the first time in history the average American family is spending more money in restaurants than they are in grocery stores.

Kids are leaving home now knowing more about how to play soccer or hockey than they do about how to cook meals from fresh whole ingredients.

That's so incredibly unfortunate, not only for those kids, but for their future families.

Cooking is a life skill and it's a parents job to teach those before they leave home. If you aren't comfortable with cooking yourself, take the opportunity to learn with your kids. Your kids learning how to cook will serve not only to help them in providing themselves and their futures with healthful meals, but will also save them money during their lean years and will likely reduce their risk of developing a myriad of diet-related, chronic, non-communicable diseases.

Whether by way of the ridiculous amount of online recipes and resources, or enrolling in a cooking course or supper club, cooking, like any skill, is obtained by way of practice. It doesn't matter if you're not good at cooking now. Take the time, and there's no doubt you'll get there.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Saturday Stories: Disclosure Paradox, Bad Yogurt, and Fat Bias

Sunita Sah in the New York Times on the inconvenient paradox of disclosure.

Gabriella Paiella in NYMag's The Cut with a history of bad yogurt commercials targeting women.

Louis Peitzman in Buzzfeed explains how if you're gay it gets better - unless you're fat.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, and Conan Help a Student Driver

Because a longer Funny Friday video couldn't hurt.

Have a great weekend

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