food-policy

The government is still stocking vending machines with junk food

More than 75 percent of of all items found in public food vending machines are candy, chips, and cookies.

How the current food debate is failing America

A discussion with Nestlé USA's chairman about what manufacturers owe the public and the paths to better food policy.

The lesson of the food stamps vote: Party is all that matters now

How many of the Congress members' constituents used food stamps didn't matter at all.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 20, 2013
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How much water should we be drinking? Science doesn’t have a clue.

The First Lady wants us to drink more water. How much more? That's not so clear.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Sep 13, 2013
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Will New York City’s large soda ban backfire?

The whole Idea of New York City's (currently delayed) large sugary drinks ban was to get New Yorkers to consume less soda. But what if they actually ended up drinking more with such a regulation in effect?

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Apr 14, 2013
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Want to sell a candy bar as healthy? Use a green label.

The simple act of changing the color of a food label can have big results in what we perceive as healthy—or not.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Mar 31, 2013
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Mississippi comes to defense of large sodas with ‘anti-Bloomberg’ bill

The state with the highest obesity rate in the country won't allow cities or counties to restrict portion sizes of foods or beverages.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Mar 12, 2013
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Big soda wins its day in court

New York City will appeal the legal ruling that has halted its big soda ban—and it won't be the first time one of the city's public health laws has landed in court.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Mar 11, 2013
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My milkshake brings all the regulators to the yard

The New York City soda ban is now in effect, and it's hitting everything from milkeshakes to lattes.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Mar 7, 2013
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Fewer Americans want fries with that

Watch out, potato growers of the world: As lower calorie options take hold at fast food joints, a new study suggests french fries could be a casualty.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Feb 11, 2013
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Pretty much everything you eat is associated with cancer. Don’t worry about it.

Keep this in mind the next time you read about a new food being linked to cancer: The vast majority of those studies, new research finds, are pretty much bunk.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Nov 30, 2012
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Denmark scraps world’s first fat tax

Denmark will repeal its fat tax after it showed an unintended consequence: It pushed Danes to shop in other countries for fattier foods.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Nov 13, 2012
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Bloomberg’s big soda battle heads to court

Lawsuits have become a rite of passage for New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's many public health initiatives - and it looks like the forthcoming big soda ban will be no exception.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Oct 15, 2012
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When the ‘large’ cookie is actually the smaller snack

Labeling a food as "medium" rather than "large" can actually lead diners to eat more, rather than less.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Oct 1, 2012
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Can these Minnesota ads reduce obesity?

New ads from Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota have drawn criticism for their depictions of overweight American. But an official there thinks they're just what we need drive down obesity rates.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Sep 28, 2012
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A small fat tax that could make a big difference

New research on milk pricing suggests a small fat tax, increasing the relative cost of fattier foods by a quarter or two, could go a long way.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Sep 12, 2012
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Schools’ big soda purge

Schools have been ditching soda en masse. But we still don't know whether that will make students any healthier - or whether they'll seek out sugary drinks elsewhere.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Aug 7, 2012
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What would Batman eat?

Researchers at Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab has a new, albeit, unconventional take on how to solve our obesity crisis: Call in the comic book super heros.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Jul 23, 2012
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