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Limiting Food Marketing to Kids Could Do Harm

Letters to the Editor: USA Today Opposing view writer Josh Golin definitively states: “Food marketing plays a significant role in the childhood obesity epidemic. … More than 100 studies confirm that it works.” One must ask to which studies is Golin referring? There is no correlative evidence between marketing trends and obesity rates among children […]

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Healthy Food is Hard to Find in Barry Farms

Letters to the Editor: The Washington Post Katherine Mangu-Ward made several valid points in her Oct. 16 Outlook piece, “5 Myths about healthy eating.” However, the notion that poor families lack access to nutritious foods is not the stretch she makes it out to be. Take, for example, Barry Farms, in the District’s Ward 8. In many […]

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Silly Government, Parenting Is for Parents

Published in The Hill, 10/12/11 http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/education/186979-silly-government-parenting-is-for-paren There has been ample debate lately about who is really committed to making our children healthier. The argument goes something like this: If food manufacturers were seriously concerned about children’s health, they would make parents’ jobs easier by getting rid of the cartoonish characters they’ve used since the 1950s […]

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Food Marketing Is Not the Answer to Obesity

Letters to the Editor: the Washington Examiner While childhood obesity is a serious problem, food marketing is not the culprit. Parents are ultimately in control, and this week’s announcement that McDonald’s is offering a slimmed-down version of the Happy Meal is a great example of that fact. Apple dippers have been offered since 2004, and […]

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Advertising Isn’t the Obesity Boogeyman

Published in Townhall.com.  With nearly one in three American children overweight, it’s easy to question why anyone would oppose voluntary government guidelines that would severely restrict which foods can be marketed to children. What isn’t addressed by many is the theory behind these proposed guidelines, crafted by a gang of four government agencies called the […]

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The Slippery Slope of “Voluntary” Guidelines

As parents across the country prepare to send their children back to school, the all-important question, “What should I put in the lunchbox?” looms.  And the federal government just might have something to say about that. For example, you might not want to pack PB&J. Although it’s a perennial favorite of kids and parents, an […]

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Dr. King’s Dream Today

As Washington D.C. and the nation celebrate the debut of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, I am reminded and humbled knowing that there is still much work left to be done in order to realize Dr. King’s dream. The new memorial shows Dr. King emerginging from a “Stone of Hope.” I see it as […]

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Food Ban Would Be Costly, Absurd

Letters to the Editor: The Washington Times am in total agreement with Beth Johnson’s Aug. 8 Commentary column, “Enough to make you lose your appetite.” Proposed restrictions on food marketing, designed by a government interagency working group, have little, if any, rationale considering the food they would end up targeting. Focusing entirely on sodium, potassium and […]

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Obesity Problem Is About Personal Responsibility and Access

Published in the Huffington Post, 8/3/11 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-bernard/post_2273_b_917283.html Regarding Kristin Wartman’s August 1st column, “Food Industry Would Prefer to Regulate Itself,” Ms. Wartman casts the food and advertising industry as the callous, corporate villain for a problem that, in truth, is really about personal responsibility and access to healthy and affordable foods. First though, a little […]

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