This digest is divided into two sections, The first section is The Way We Eat and the second is Anti-Fat Bias in the US. You can copy and paste the links into your browser. If you scroll all the way to the bottom, I'm adding links using the Spark tool, but I've found it to be unreliable sometimes.
THE WAY WE EAT
“Seeking Food Ingredients That Aren’t Gene-Altered,” by By STEPHANIE STROM
Published: May 26, 2013, New York Times
Page B1 New York Edition
This article interviews a variety of participants in your food chain about the process of being certified Non-GMO. I have stated before that I think this is backward thinking, I think the GMO foods should be labeled as such and they should have to list the pesticides and treatments used on them so these industries bear the burden of full disclosure and not the people who are trying to produce good, healthy food.
This article states that it took Silk (a national brand) 8 months to comply with the regulations so they could label themselves non-GMO. So imagine the frustration of a small producer like El Milagro Tortillas.
Companies interviewed in the article:
Think Thin (manufactures Protein Bars carried at Whole Foods and various on-line suppliers)
Clarkson Grains (grain dealer and warehouse.
Verity Farms (non-GMO farmer supplier)
White Wave Foods (parent company of Silk, producer of Soy Milk, Almond Milk and Coconut Milk
Natural Food Certifiers (Company that certifies products)
El Milagro (Tortilla maker in Chicago)
Link to Seeking Food Ingredients That Aren’t Gene-Altered
Breeding the Nutrition Out of Food, By JO ROBINSON
Published: May 25, 2013, New York Times, Op-Ed Piece
Jo Robinson is the author of the forthcoming book “Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health.”
“Each fruit and vegetable in our stores has a unique history of nutrient loss, I’ve discovered, but there are two common themes. Throughout the ages, our farming ancestors have chosen the least bitter plants to grow in their gardens. It is now known that many of the most beneficial phytonutrients have a bitter, sour or astringent taste. Second, early farmers favored plants that were relatively low in fiber and high in sugar, starch and oil. These energy-dense plants were pleasurable to eat and provided the calories needed to fuel a strenuous lifestyle. The more palatable our fruits and vegetables became, however, the less advantageous they were for our health.”
Personally, I love bitter greens and eat them almost every other day. My idea of a treat is rapini and radicchio braised with garlic. Now I know why I get these cravings. She also recommends arugula for salads, which I’ve been eating since my last trip to Brazil. That is what is most common in salads in Brazil
Link to Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food
ANTI-FAT BIAS IN THE US
“Obamacare Insurance Won’t Cover Weight-Loss Surgery In Many States,” By Sarah Varney
KHN Staff Writer
Kaiser Health News, MAY 27, 2013
This article details how 12 states have opted out of the coverage for obesity treatment (including surgery, counseling and drugs) to treat obesity. They are willing to treat the side effects (high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea) but not the underlying cause.
“. . . Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi — have the highest obesity rates in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Morton applauds the growing awareness around obesity prevention in the U.S., but, he says, some 15 million Americans who are already severely obese still need medical treatment.”
Link to Obamacare Insurance Won’t Cover Weight-Loss Surgery In Many States
“Obese People Shop Around for Doctors More Often Than Others,” by CHERI CHENG
Update Date: May 27, 2013
Counsel & Heal website
This article does not touch on the reasons why obese people doctor shop but we know that it is not fun to visit a doctor who views you as fat and lazy. This article has links to the studies.
Link to “Obese People Shop Around for Doctors More Often Than Others
“Weight and Obesity: Discrimination from Doctors: When Your Doctor Makes You Feel Fat,” Harriet Brown , Published November 2011, Prevention
This article, although it is old, does a good job of explaining why obese people have to shop around for doctors. It also states that doctors in general start this discrimination against women at 13 lbs overweight and don’t treat men this way until they are 75lbs overweight.
Link to Weight and Obesity: Discrimination from Doctors: When Your Doctor Makes You Feel Fat,”
I have to give full disclosure that I have had a healthy mistrust of the medical community for years. It has taken painful trial and error to find my current primary care physician whom I trust and know that she sees me as a complete person and not a sub-human. I have had one other doctor who was like this, and she left her medical practice to practice in our county jail. I’m sixty years old and can state unequivocally that the rest of the doctors I have seen have been “fat shamers,” even when I was less than 20 lbs overweight.
I apologize for linking to the New York Times as they only offer 10 free views per month, that’s why I offer a detailed synopsis for the article and the op-ed piece.
Spark Tool links to articles listed above:
THE WAY WE EAT
Seeking Food Ingredients That Aren’t Gene-Altered
Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food
ANTI-FAT BIAS IN THE US
Obamacare Insurance Won’t Cover Weight-Loss Surgery In Many States
Obese People Shop Around for Doctors More Often Than Others
When Your Doctor Makes You Feel Fat