Climate Change is a Medical Ethics Issue, and this graph shows why it’s real
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Medical ethicists and public health specialists have argued for some time that climate change is  a health issue and a medical ethics issue. The four links in the previous sentences are a nice starting point if you want to bone … Continue reading

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American Academy of Pediatrics makes major shift in recommendations on overweight and obesity
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The American Academy of Pediatrics announced last week that it was radically changing its guidelines for treatment of overweight and obesity in children and teens.  Specifically, it recommends DEemphasizing dieting and weight loss while avoiding any kind of public shaming … Continue reading

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“Why So Many Rich Kids Come to Enjoy the Taste of Healthier Foods”

This article at The Atlantic challenges conventional wisdom that wealthier people eat better because they are better informed. Recent empirical studies suggest that the extra cost of healthful foods being rejected by children influences the economic decisions of poorer parents at … Continue reading

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“Just Modeling?: The Modeling Industry, Eating Disorders, and the Law”

The University of Toronto Press blog is currently featuring an interview with Galya Hildesheimer and Hemda Gur-Arie (both at the School of Law at the Peres Academic Center, Rehovot, Israel), co-authors of IJFAB essay from which this post takes its title. Follow … Continue reading

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IJFAB 8.2, Special Issue Just Food, Now Available!

You can find the table of contents at Project Muse. Editor Mary C. Rawlinson’s introduction, “Food, Health, and Global Justice,” is available to read for free. (Other pieces require a subscription.) … Continue reading

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A Copernican Revolution in Nutrition?

Recently, Truthout published an article by Jeff Ritterman, M.D., about the impact of misdirected nutritional advice on our nation’s health. According to Ritterman, U.S. dietary guidelines formulated in the late 70’s that directed Americans to limit intake of fats, and … Continue reading

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“Is it moral to save this puppy?”

Peter Singer at Salon on factory farming. There is no feminist dimension to the piece, but it does nicely tie together the bioethical themes of food and climate to be featured in upcoming issues of IJFAB. There is still plenty of … Continue reading

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Women and Responsibility for Health:
Food, Physical Activity, and Feminism

Consider this new Kitchen Aid ad from 2013.  Notice anything?  The ability to make your own healthy food—made of quality ingredients and preservative-free—is emphasized, as is preparation skill and social activity: “…new knife skills… a fish you’ve never bought before… … Continue reading

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Women and Responsibility for Health: Food, Physical Activity, and Feminism

Consider this new Kitchen Aid ad from 2013.  Notice anything?  The ability to make your own healthy food—made of quality ingredients and preservative-free—is emphasized, as is preparation skill and social activity: “…new knife skills… a fish you’ve never bought before… … Continue reading

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“The Dark Side of Almond Use”

Okay, so there’s nothing specifically feminist about this one, but it makes a nice point about the importance of thinking about the foods we produce and eat in broader terms than just their touted health benefits. Everyone knows how terrible … Continue reading

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“See How She Runs: Feminists Rethink Fitness”

With all of these great posts and comments on eating and body image, I want to remind everyone of the upcoming IJFAB special issues, “JUST FOOD: Bioethics, Gender, and the Ethics of Eating” and “See How She Runs: Feminists Rethink … Continue reading

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Fat Phobia and Thin Privilege

“Fat phobia,” “thin privilege,” and “fat-shaming” are phrases that have started to enter mainstream discourses on body image and healthy eating, yet they remain contentious. A couple of recent debates on the topic suggest that not only is fat-oppression not … Continue reading

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