26 Jun '13, 10am

No, fast food isn’t actually good for you: In defense of Pollanites

No, fast food isn’t actually good for you: In defense of Pollanites

Picking a fight has always been a surefire way of getting attention. Whether it’s on a schoolyard, or in the national media, conflict changes the center of gravity and attracts a circle of onlookers. For journalists, this incentive to be pugnacious is powerful — but sometimes the urge to scrap overwhelms substance and fairness. That’s what happens in David H. Freedman’s 10,000-word cover story for this month’s Atlantic : “How Junk Food Can End Obesity.” Freedman’s story has one good argument. The bulk of the media conversation about nutrition has been about how to help the privileged healthy be healthier. Freedman argues (persuasively, I think) that we need to focus more on fighting obesity where it strikes hardest: among the poor. So, he says, let’s do some jujitsu with the food-processing and mind-control tricks that Big Food uses to get us to eat more, and instead use t...

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