"Kids rebel against bland foods in lunch line"

This is our federal government at work:

But meanwhile, the GAO found that many students are simply bypassing the new dictums by sneaking salt and pepper shakers onto campus, even creating a clandestine market for potato chips. Technology has added pizzazz to the age-old lunch line complaints. Some students are Tweeting sad-looking lunch trays with the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama.

“There’s a black market," says Julie Gunlock, who directs the Culture of Alarmism Project at the Independent Women’s Forum in Washington, joking about "kids with trench coats lined with potato chips and other things they can’t get at school.”

It's especially unfortunate given that the science on salt is no longer "settled".

"These studies hold extraordinary promise, but they are virtually impossible to achieve under the government’s current regulations."

Vincent DeVita, former director of the National Cancer Institute and the Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine at Yale Cancer Center and Yale School of Medicine, and Elizabeth DeVita Raeburn, decry our current drug regulations.

Related: "The Economic Proof That The FDA's Drug Regulation Makes Us All Poorer".

"How Deadly Is Obesity, Really?"

Not an argument I had seen before.

Why I find this interesting, in the context of our ongoing discussion of obesity and how much it matters for health, is that we can’t control a lot of the risk that’s out there. We want to lose weight to avoid a heart attack, but the effect weight loss has on decreasing risk of heart attack has never actually been studied. We have an assumption that most people who have a heart attack have a weight problem, but that simply isn't true; the heart attack victims have the same rate of obesity as the general population. Chance and other factors outside of our control likely have more power over our future disease risk, even in the category of lifestyle diseases, than we do ourselves.