Why I’m Not at McDonald’s Shareholders Meeting
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing

Why I’m Not at McDonald’s Shareholders Meeting

In 2014 and 2015, I attended the McDonald’s shareholders meetings and asked that they stop using  Ronald McDonald – the Joe Camel of fast food – to market to kids.  I was prepared to disrupt their dog and pony show again this year, but the fast food giant wants to shut out those who speak truth to power.  As Sriram Madhusoodanan … Continue reading

#PeopleWhoMadeMy2015
Advocacy / Fast Food / Soda / Sugar / Water

#PeopleWhoMadeMy2015

As a parent, I’m constantly reminded that the junk food industry spends billions of dollars to undermine the work I do to keep my children healthy.  Fortunately, there are advocates who help to push back against this onslaught. On the last day of 2015, #PeopleWhoMadeMy2015 was trending on Twitter, which got me thinking about those who inspired me this … Continue reading

Easter Candy: Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don’t?
Food Environment / Sugar

Easter Candy: Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don’t?

With Easter coming up, this research about candy and restriction highlights the precarious dilemma parents face on a regular basis. (Hat tip to Natalia Stasenko at Tribeca Nutrition for bringing this study to my attention). Two naturalistic experiments are reported exploring the impact of parental restriction on children’s diets. For study 1, 53 parents gave 75 g of chocolate coins … Continue reading

Sugar, Diabetes and Whack-a-mole
Advocacy / Food as Reward / Marketing / Sugar

Sugar, Diabetes and Whack-a-mole

Dr. Robert Lustig’s groundbreaking study linking sugar and diabetes should motivate all parents to up their game of junk food whack-a-mole. The researchers found that in countries where the incidence of diabetes went up, the availability of sugar had increased earlier and in roughly the same proportion. By establishing a dose-response relationship, the study allows researchers to infer that … Continue reading

Food as Reward, Love and Valentine’s Day
Food as Reward

Food as Reward, Love and Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow and thoughts turn to love.  That love is often expressed as food and this Valentine’s Day consumers will spend $1.6 billion on sweets.   What’s not so sweet is the impact this has on a nation already struggling with so much diet-related disease.  How loving is it to continue expressing love with chocolate, cake and … Continue reading