Paula Deen and the politics of personal responsibility

Following Food Network star Paula Deen's announcment that she has Type-2 diabetes, fans have rallied behind her in support. But the arguments that they -- and Deen herself -- are using to defend her promotion of high-calorie foods are eerily similar to the industry rhetoric used to defend another Southern product: tobacco. Read more >

New brief shows how food and beverage companies target Latino youth

At a time when obesity has reached epidemic proportions, food and beverage companies continue to heavily target the environments that young Latino and African Americans live in with fatty and sugary foods. New research briefs from Salud America! expand our understanding of industry tactics. Read more >

'Nurse-in' shows need for more breastfeeding support

A national "nurse-in" organized to push retailers to protect women's right to breastfeed in public has captured media attention. Coverage of the events illuminates some widespread barriers that keep women from breastfeeding in spite of its known health benefits and in spite of women's desire to do so. Read more >

Wrong move for Let's Move?

First Lady Michelle Obama recently announced that she will focus more on getting kids to be active in her Let's Move campaign. Does this mean less time encouraging food companies to make healthier products for kids and stop marketing junk food to them? Advocate Marion Nestle and the White House's Sam Kass weigh in. Read more >

McDonald's says no to kids' health

McDonald's has found a way to skirt a San Francisco ordinance requiring restaurants offering toys to make sure the food that comes with them meets certain nutrition standards. Instead of making its Happy Meals healthier, McDonald's is now charging for toys. But even if the fast feeder is complying with the law, they are hardly off the hook. Read more >

What do we talk about when we talk about Penn State?

Child sexual abuse isn't just about courtrooms and arraignments, but you wouldn't know it to read the newspaper: Too often, coverage focuses on the details of high profile cases but ignores the environments that fostered the abuse. Now we have an unprecedented opportunity to examine both at once. Read more >

Comprehensive policies needed to reduce marketing of sugary drinks to kids

Sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are the single largest source of excess calories for children. Yet in spite of SSB bans on many school campuses and industry promises to limit marketing to kids, youth are still bombarded with ads for these unhealthy drinks. read more >

Thinking critically about inequities: Highlights from APHA

This year's annual American Public Health Association conference was filled with folks thinking critically about the inequities facing our society and proposing creative ways to address them. Here is a snapshot of some memorable ideas and experiences. Read more >

Food Day is also about food justice

The food and beverage industry's deceptive and unhealthy marketing practices contribute to the high rates of obesity often found among communities of color. Food Day, an annual event launched recently by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, offers an opportunity to speak out against these practices.

BMSG: Where we've been and where we're going

Writing BMSG's inaugural blog forces me to take stock of where we are and where we're going. Could I have even imagined a blog, or any of the other new media innovations, when we opened our doors 18 years ago? Back then I looked forward to getting my next email -- imagine! -- but never anticipated ... Read more >

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