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When Junk Science Meets Junk Food

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: Scientists at the University of Toronto have released a report claiming that the very existence and availability of fast food somehow makes us be in a hurry. “Fast food represents a culture of time efficiency and instant gratification,” says Chen-Bo Zhong, who co-wrote the paper with colleague Sanford DeVoe to be […]

A Personal Food History

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Lynne Murray says: Virgie Tovar,  MA, lecturer on fat discrimination and body image, editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion, recently posted  about an encounter with a fast-food slogan. This afternoon as I was walking to get a fancy sammich, I passed a smooshed up cup from Jack in […]

Body Impolitic’s 2013 Guide to Sane Holidays

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: This annual list is (mostly) for folks who celebrate the upcoming holidays, and are fortunate enough to have people and resources to celebrate with; if you don’t fit that group, skip to the bottom. If you do fit, then even if your family are your favorite people and you look forward […]

Linksday, November 18

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Debbie says: Here’s this week’s assortment of interesting tidbits: It’s amazing what we will do–and what corporations will enable–to suit our cultural expectations. Looking to make life a little bit easier for their female clientele, the Japanese chain Freshness Burger launched the “Liberation Wrapper” to mask a woman’s mouth while eating. With this new burger […]

Breakfast: Not Sexier than Before, but Funnier than Ever

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: Having a product called “Sexcereal” is funny enough. Seriously promoting it as being full of foods that make you sexy is funny enough. Having different versions of it for men and women is funny enough. But honestly, the folks behind Sexcereal are in the wrong business. Hollywood pays big bucks for […]

Junk Food Addiction and Diet Deprivation: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: I’ve recently come across articles about the seemingly unrelated topics of engineering food to be addictive and conditioning teenagers to be lifelong dieters. The first common element that struck me was disconnecting the body’s natural relationship with food and turning it into a marketable commodity. Food consultant Howard Moskowitz, who earned his […]

Photography: Amazingly Beautiful Vegetable MRIs

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Laurie says: I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while. Over at the blog Inside, Insides, Andy Ellison of Boston University Medical School has been throwing the entire produce aisle inside a Philips 3 Tesla MRI, revealing the otherworldly realms that dwell inside common foods. Here’s but a small sampling of his many […]

Greening a Food Desert

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Debbie says: One aspect of body image we don’t often talk about here is what foods people have access to, and how “healthy food” is distributed. So I was struck by this article, which I found in a local news feed for my city (Oakland, California).   Pictured above are three young food activists/entrepreneurs in […]

Eating and Exercising: The Roads to Living Well Need Better Road Signs

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Debbie says: “The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater” by Erica at Northwest Edible Life is just about perfect. Before Your Healthy Eating Internet Education: “I eat pretty healthy. Check it out: whole grain crackers, veggie patties, prawns, broccoli. I am actually pretty into clean eating.” After Your Healthy Eating Internet Education: Those crackers – […]

How Parents and Children Can Move Out of the CrossHairs of the Weight Cycling Industry

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Lynne Murray says I always ask “who benefits” from any given “social problem.” The $60 billion diet industry or, as Dr. Deb Burgard has called it, “The Weight Cycling Industry” is in the business of cashing in on a problem of its own creation. Any truly efficient method of changing body size would put them […]