- People have been speculating that Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, may put his name in the hat for the Republican nomination. But, a series of mean and degrading comments about his weight threaten to ruin his potential campaign, arguing that he is too fat to be president. Frank Bruni weighs in on the issue. Should someone’s weight be of concern to voters? [New York Times]
- Denmark is being proactive in preventing obesity with what may be the world’s first fat tax. The tax is imposed on any foods containing saturated fat, at a rate of “16 kroner ($2.90) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of saturated fat in a product.” This is part of an effort to increase life expectancy among the Danish population, despite an obesity rate of only 10% (for comparison, 25% of the population of the United States is obese). They estimate that this tax will increase life expectancy by 3 years over the next ten years. Denmark already charges more for foods high in sugar, as do a number of other European countries, but is a fat tax going to far? [Washington Post]
- Healthy vending machines in schools are gaining momentum, but not popularity among students. While some students are open to the idea of healthier snacking, many are not, and are turned off by high prices and foods they can get at home. [New York Times]
- Drinking caffeinated beverages, like coffee, cuts the risk of depression in women, according to a Harvard University study. The researchers used data from 50,000 women in the ongoing Nurses Health Study. Results showed that women who drank 2-3 cups of coffee per day reduced their risk of depression by 15%, while those who drank 4 cups reduced it by 20%, compared to non-coffee drinkers. Good news for me! Drink up. [HuffPost]
I’m looking forward to weekend of fall activities – including apple-picking! Be on the lookout for apple-themed posts next week.