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Rajiv Narayan

Blog Entries by Rajiv Narayan

Evolving Views: A New and Improved Flip-Flopping

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 4:36 PM

Former Senator John Kerry's fateful pronouncement that he voted for supplemental funds to Iraq and Afghan military operations before he voted against them gave him the damning and unshakeable label of flip-flopper. To frame him that way against a candidate who openly called himself the Decider proved to dim Mr....

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Answering Mark Bittman: Why Does Beyoncè Think It's OK to Sell Pepsi?

(64) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 10:47 AM

New York Times food journalist Mark Bittman asked, "Why Do Stars Think It's OK to Sell Soda?" By stars, he means Beyoncé, and by soda, Pepsi. The question refers to the $50 million advertising collaboration inked by the two in early December, despite Bey's status as...

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Obesity Epidemic: What the NYC Soda Ban Is and Isn't

(14) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 3:35 PM

Months after proposing a maximum beverage size of 16 ounces for sweetened beverages -- what infamy mangled the NYC Soda Ban -- Mayor Bloomberg found approval in an 8-0 vote by the New York City Board of Health. One board member abstained, finding the measure "not comprehensive enough."...

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Thanksgiving: Should America Cut Back Due to Obesity Crisis?

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 9:59 AM

This article is everything that's wrong with the way we talk about obesity.

That's a tricky argument to make because Cameron gets a lot right. He is correct that Thanksgiving does not cause obesity. He is further true that dieting has a low success rate. Truer still...

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Bipartisanship Is Not Always Democratic

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2012 | 4:11 PM

Dear Majority Leader Reid and Republican Leader McConnell,

Nearly half the Senate delivered a letter to you both on Tuesday urging to bring the "Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012" to floor consideration "as soon as possible." Better known as the Farm Bill, and what really...

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The Farm Bill Is a Food Bill

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 4:49 PM

Every 5 to 7 years, the most important cluster of legislation to food in this country is debated and reauthorized in Congress. For the past three decades, this omnibus package has been referred to as the Farm Bill. Containing ten titles ranging from funding and regulation for...

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Lose 10 Pounds Instantly

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2010 | 2:43 PM

1. Stand up straight

2. Smile

These aren't frivolous pieces of advice either, both are usually the first hints beauty stylists give to their clients on photo-shoots. What's more interesting about the above is that they do a great job of exposing the disconnect between what we think of health...

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Advice From 4-Year Olds

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2010 | 11:00 AM

The first time I tried to lose weight, I attempted to follow a fairly straightforward piece of advice: avoid sugar and junk foods. What I love about that advice is that it's powerfully simple, maybe even common-sense. It's also damned hard to follow. If you're overweight, and eating junk food...

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Hitting the Gym vs. Hitting the Books: How Your Next Workout Will Improve Your Grades

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2010 | 4:11 PM

There's this pervasive false dilemma that passes for common sense among college students: Should I workout and improve my health, or should I study to improve my grades? If you're in college and you're asking that question, you probably already know which side you're going to take. After all, you...

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Quick Workouts, Better Results

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2010 | 2:25 PM

Have you ever put off going to the gym because you didn't have the time? Can't even jog outside because that midterm you have on Tuesday demands your constant attention? This isn't Family Feud, but I'd be willing to bet that time is the number one excuse for not working...

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