Tidbits for Political Junkies with Short Attention Spans & Hearty Appetites


Wednesday, June 02, 2004


News From the Flab Front

A Tom Toles cartoon yesterday had me Googling for related stuff. I’m not sure what to make of it all, but here’s what I found:
  1. Numerous citations of the study that inspired the cartoon. Sure enough, researchers have found a clear correlation between time spent driving – and the ever-widening American rear end. Who’d have thunk it?

  2. A whole series from ABC news. My personal fave: this one, on hidden corn sweeteners, and the subsidies that make them so insidiously cheap. There are much better studies out there – but it’s always refreshing to see at least some of this stuff on the evening news.

  3. Meredith Vieira’s program for overweight kids, whose first inductees are christened (I’m not making this up) “the Flab Five.” I’m not sure which part of this story is stranger: (1) the name, which seems to suggest that the children’s weight problems can be addressed by an afternoon of snappy remarks and shopping; (2) the fact the Ms. Vieira claims to be sympathetic because she was once (gasp) ten to twenty pounds overweight; or (3) the fact that one of the first steps Ms. Vieira has taken to help these kids is to hire them nutritionists and trainers (just what any concerned parent of a chubby child might do).


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