obesity

The 30 Project: Three decades to a more sustainable food system

The 30 Project: Three decades to a more sustainable food system

Remember 1980? The Miracle on Ice? Voodoo economics? “Funkytown” at the top of the charts? Seems like eons ago, doesn’t it? You may not remember (or even realize) that 1980 was also a seminal year (or, the round-about time for big changes) in our food system. Consolidation of agriculture? That’s when we started to see it. High-fructose corn syrup? It started showing up in, well, everything right about then. A decrease in US agricultural aid to other countries? That, too.

So, is any of this important to us now, or just a little food history trivia?

Fighting that beer belly with… beer

Fighting that beer belly with… beer

The discussion surrounding the obesity epidemic has centered on dietary norms, school lunches, processed foods, and agricultural subsidies. Beer drinking hasn’t received a ton of attention in this discussion, but if a student at Denver’s Regis University has his way, the battle against the beer gut may be waged with an intriguing weapon… more beer.…

National school lunch program comes to the big screen

National school lunch program comes to the big screen

LUNCH: THE FILM may sound like a spoof of some kind, but filmmaker Avis Gold Richards, and her team at Birds Nest Productions couldn’t be more serious about their exploration of the National School Lunch Program, and its potential connections to childhood obesity, and the illnesses related to it.

Naked News: Smoking & ED, obesity & the pill, Utah & gay marriage

Naked News: Smoking & ED, obesity & the pill, Utah & gay marriage

As if you needed another reason to quit, research shows that smoking drastically increases the chances of erectile dysfunction.
Obesity, on the other hand, gets a free pass in the birth control department: Contrary to what was previously thought, obesity does not lower the effectiveness of the birth control pill.

An Americorps for healthy school lunches

An Americorps for healthy school lunches

You may be old enough to remember when pizza day was kind of a big deal in the school cafeteria. Now, it seems to be the norm. While kids definitely need more active time outside, many worry that school lunches may be the main culprit in the current childhood obesity epidemic.

Obese Eames chairs

Obese Eames chairs

Designed by artist Mark Wentzel, an exhibition of corpulent and obese versions of the iconic Eames lounge chair sculptures are on display at the Global Health Odyssey Museum, the official museum of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through September 11. The rather transparent exhibit is “responding to the apparent consequences of the…