MyPlate, Ritz Crackers and a Case for Small Government

MyPlate, Ritz Crackers and a Case for Small Government

On September 23, 2013, the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment (SBU) published a two-year compilation of scientific literature entitled Dietary Treatment for Obesity.1 Based on SBU’s conclusions that diets with low (less than 20% of total energy) to moderate (less than 40% of total energy) carbohydrate intake and high … Read more

Ritz Crackers: The Cornerstone of Any Balanced Canadian Meal

Ritz Crackers: The Cornerstone of Any Balanced Canadian Meal

As the latest entry in the long list of silly government policies to enforce someone’s idea of healthy eating, the Manitoba (Canada) Government’s Early Learning and Child Care lunch regulations require parents to send their children to school with a “balanced” lunch. Children whose lunches do not comply with these … Read more

Lavkarbo Høyfett! (Low-Carb High-Fat!)

Lavkarbo Høyfett! (Low-Carb High-Fat!)

The Swedish government recently became the first nation to recommend a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet to its citizens. The United States government maintains its recommendation of what is essentially a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet. How is it possible for the governments of two intelligent, developed nations to give two contrary dietary recommendations … Read more

The Long-Eared Drifter

The Long-Eared Drifter

If you haven’t seen this recent Looney Tunes clip, it’s certainly worth a look. Bugs Bunny (aka the Long-Eared Drifter) convinces Daffy Duck to eat healthy by controlling his portions, cutting out bad carbs and fat, and eating lots of fruits and veggies. Some thoughts as I watch this: Will … Read more

Obesity and Society

Obesity and Society

Obesity: the condition of an adult having a body mass index (BMI; equal to weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters) of 30 or higher. Though BMI does not account for lean, muscular individuals such as competitive athletes, there is no doubt obesity is on the … Read more