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San Francisco mayor proposes indirect soda tax

No soda for you: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom — who has shown some sparks of food policy brilliance in the past — is planning on introducing a new fee on stores that sell sugar-laden drinks, with the proceeds going to programs that encourage exercise and discourage soda consumption. Newsom has been...

NYC unveils massive new anti-soda campaign

Fattack Ads!: New York City’s public health officials have unveiled a graphic new ad campaign that graphically depicts globs of human fat gushing from a sideways drink bottle and urges viewers to consume water, seltzer or low-fat milk instead of soda. The ads are impressive, but with their hefty $277,000...

NYT mag on obesity: Don’t punish, politicize

Who paves the road for the responsibility bandwagon?: Were it up to him, Cleveland Clinic heart surgeon Delos Cosgrove would amend the clinic's wellness policy--which already bans the hiring of smokers--to include a ban on the hiring of obese people. His is a hard-line approach linking obesity to personal...

A full plate of obesity news

The fat of the land has turned us into the land of the fat: It's small surprise to learn that obese Americans spend more on their health care than others (New York Times), but it's truly disturbing to find that the rates of severe childhood obesity have tripled (Wake Forest University Baptist Medical...

When making Americans fat is part of the business plan

Smoking out the free-choice BS: Tables are turning on Big Food, write columnist Ellen Goodman. "We are beginning to see that Overweight America is not some collective collapse of national willpower, but a business plan.…maybe this will be the year when an entree of chicken quesadillas with bacon, mixed...