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Why focusing on obesity is a gift for the food industry.

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"Appetite for Profit" author Michele Simon unpacks what journalists got right — and wrong — about this week's school lunch nutritition controversy, and how to add more context to your reporting on the issue.

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When I asked some of my favorite writers about whether Burger King bears any blame for the national obesity epidemic, they sent me enough great ideas for dozens of blog posts. Here are their insights.

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Can eating too many desserts cause diabetes? Yes. Is a Burger King advertising campaign to blame? That’s a tougher call, one that few reporters have tried to answer.

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William Heisel interviews Michele Simon, public health attorney and author of Appetite for Profit, who wants people to rethink what they are eating and why. She peers through the food industry marketing to see what big packaged food manufacturers and restaurant giants are really selling.

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We all know that people in the United States spend a lot of time eating. By the latest global estimates, we are among the most overweight people on the planet. But we also spend a lot of time talkin

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Veteran food policy journalist Christopher Cook offers context on "food deserts" and how to identify and report on them in your community.

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