The World Economic Forum meeting in Davos was a step change with business and political leaders signing up to the UN Secretary General's "Zero Hunger" challenge to eliminate hunger in our lifetimes.
Mayor Bill de Blasio's overwhelming election victory emerged from a platform focused on income inequality and A Tale of Two Cities, but income is not the only disparity that deserves attention. It is also an indicator of the greatest challenge affecting public health in New York and nationally.
The New York Times once again allocates some of its rarefied real estate to science writer Gary Taubes, who uses it to do what, in my opinion, he does best: ask the wrong question.
It's perhaps a relief to know that our kids have a personality and innate tendencies before they were ever exposed to our influences, and the consolation -- there's also a limit to how much damage our inevitable shortcomings may do. But when it comes to food, that doesn't put us of the hook.
The fear that a diversity of size in role models will damage our girls is a false one. The real risk is the damage we perpetuate by maintaining the status quo.
"She" is that bubbly, giving, inspirational woman we got to know on the show. Her body is the inconsistent vessel. She remains. And she is beautiful.
All of this wonderfully empowering information about diet came along AFTER we already knew how to prevent 80 percent of all chronic disease and obesity with a short list of lifestyle factors, including diet.
From banning sodas larger than 16 ounces to proposals to tax sugary drinks, nothing has succeeded in prying the Big Gulp from Americans' fleshy fingers... until last night.
There is nothing special about Feb. 24. I did not see a sign from God or read a motivational quote or get any tough love the day before. I just decided to lose weight. I was ready to change and made a commitment to myself to be successful.
These are just a sample of the rogues gallery of conmen scheming to pick your pocket. Worse than stealing from you, they keep you from using the real solution to your weight problem while sending you on a goose chase that will leave you feeling hopeless.
There is a corresponding body of evidence that shows a proper detox program -- one that reduces the input of toxins and helps the body more efficiently eliminate toxins with a nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory lifestyle -- can significantly reduce the negative impact of environmental stressors.
In the end, it's hard to pinpoint cause in the behavioral change of a whole population. Change comes from thousands of small nudges, ranging from education programs to clearer labeling to the availability of better-tasting food that doesn't play to the appetite for junk.
Fast food companies are rapidly expanding from the Western world because of what they call "saturated markets." I'd say what they are really up against are "educated markets," and it's paramount that our educated awareness spread globally.
Why does big soda fear government intervention? Because they know it takes an entity as large as the state or federal government to have a meaningful impact on their slick, multi-billion dollar marketing campaigns.
Even if Ben is "big boned," I need to teach him how to make healthy choices -- now. But the biggest change needs to come from Ben himself.
Is this just my subjective feeling, or is there solid evidence to back the common weight-control advice to take your time with your meal?