Jill Eisen explores the politics, economics, and science of overeating (CBC Ideas podcast)

The CBC Ideas current list of podcasts can be found here.

If you look at this some months from now (it’s June 13, 2014 as I write this), the list may have changed. Currently the list includes two items, originally broadcast on Dec. 16, 2013, each about 54 minutes in length, entitled:

Stuffed, Parts 1 & 2

“We’re eating, on average, 200 calories per day more than we did just 30 years ago. We’re eating larger portions, and we’re eating more often. Jill Eisen explores the politics, economics and science of overeating.”


I’m very impressed with this podcast. I heard parts of it on my car radio and marvelled at the thought that a wide range of evidence is available regarding the world food industry.

Previous posts – about sugar, vegetables, and related topics – help to contextualize or frame the discussion.

If a person seeks to be guided by evidence regarding food in a postindustrial society, the two-above noted podcsts are worth a listen.

Coca-Cola Ltd.

With a focus on the health effects of sugar in soft drinks, a June 12, 2014 Globe and Mail article is entitled: “Coke’s attempt to address obesity may fall flat.”


A June 4, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “Obesity research confirms long-term weight loss almost impossible.”

A June 23, 2014 Guardian article is entitled: “The truth about obesity: 10 shocking things you need to know.”

The subtitle reads: “As a nation we are getting fatter to the point of crisis. But why? And what are the implications? For starters, it’s hard to treat after the age of five and is bankrupting the NHS.”

A June 23, 2014 Mother Jones article is entitled: “How the US Government Helps McDonald’s Sell Junk Food.”

The subtitle reads: “The feds also helped bring you the Taco Bell Cantina Double Steak Quesadilla and several other fast-food gems.”

Also of interest: For God, Country, and Coca-Cola: The Unauthorized History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company that Makes It (1993).

An Aug. 28, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “Trans fat hidden in many U.S. foods, tests reveal: Labelling called cause for concern for consumers.”

A Dec. 3, 2014 Los Angeles Times article is entitled: “To prevent or reverse obesity and its ills, timing may be everything.”

A Dec. 3, 2014 Los Angeles Times article is entitled: “To prevent or reverse obesity and its ills, timing may be everything.”

A Jan. 7, 2015 CBC article is entitled: “Food purchases, calories go up after holidays:
Despite resolutions, consumers spent more on both healthy and less-healthy foods.”

A Jan. 26, 2015 CBC The Current podcast is entitled:”‘Fat doesn’t make you fat’: Nina Teicholz’s big surprise.”

A Feb. 2, 2015 CBC article is entitled: “Toddler foods with excessive sodium, added sugar set taste preferences: Parents may incorrectly assume foods designed for young children follow higher nutritional standards.”

A Feb. 7, 2015 CBC article is entitled: “Why toddler foods have so much sugar and salt: ‘The child’s biology really makes them vulnerable’ to food industry.”

A March 4, 2015 CBC article is entitled: “‘Leanwashing’ marketing tactic used to drive junk-food sales: Advertisers emphasize exercise rather than cutting back on their high-calorie products.”

An August 1, 2015 New York Times article is entitled: “My Dinner With Longevity Expert Dan Buettner (No Kale Required).” The article notes: Not a lot of dairy products.

Defining powerhouse fruits and vegetables

Also of relevance is Di Noia J. Defining Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables: A Nutrient Density Approach.

The list in the above-noted study is of a provisional nature, as I understand from the text.

A July 27, 2015 CBC article is entitled: “Superfood rankings overvalued, dietitian says.”

A Nov. 16, 2016 CBC article is entitled: “Do we have it backward on giving kids low fat milk instead of whole? Whole milk consumption linked to leanness in early childhood, Canadian study finds.”


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