The Don Drapers of Big Macs and Coke
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / Soda

The Don Drapers of Big Macs and Coke

  In what has been dubbed the “Monthly McDonald’s Misery Watch,” the fast food giant reported that May brought in yet another round of slipping sales. The next day, McDonald’s tried to steer the conversation away from its dismal results by announcing two new PR hires.  Robert Gibbs is now McDonald’s Global Chief Communications Officer and Silvia Lagnado is its Global Chief Marketing Officer. Gibbs is President Obama’s former … Continue reading

Partners in Junk Food Crime
Fast Food / Marketing / Soda

Partners in Junk Food Crime

   Plastered on the PlayPlace window of my local McDonald’s is a giant Coca-Cola decal.  McDonald’s uses these play areas to attract families with children to their restaurants while also using them as a way to market soda.  This highlights their duplicitous approach to public health efforts. The fast food chain was lauded in the fall of 2013 for agreeing to phase … Continue reading

Big Soda’s on the Offensive to Stop a Seattle Soda Tax
Advocacy / Policy / Soda

Big Soda’s on the Offensive to Stop a Seattle Soda Tax

  On February 19th, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee singled out added sugars as a major concern because of links to obesity and chronic disease. According to the panel, “Higher sugar-sweetened beverage taxes may encourage consumers to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption.” The soda industry came out swinging against this recommendation because they know it will … Continue reading

Parents Call Foul on Super Bowl Junk Food Ads
Advocacy / Fast Food / Junk Food / Marketing / Soda

Parents Call Foul on Super Bowl Junk Food Ads

My latest piece for Beyond Chron is about last night’s junk food Super Bowl ads. Coca-Cola and McDonald’s are two companies with slipping sales who are looking for Super Bowl advertising wins on Sunday in order to turn things around.   Both of these companies aggressively market products that are harmful to health and use sports … Continue reading

Gratitude for Public Health Progress in 2014
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / Policy / School / Soda / Sugar

Gratitude for Public Health Progress in 2014

Updated to add Fed Up Movie to this list! In January I wrote a post asking Is This the Year We Drain the Food Swamp?  Ten months later I’ve been asked to contribute a post for DrGreene’s Blog Series called “One Change for 2015″ that focuses on a single change I feel strongly about.  Before I write that post, … Continue reading