A whirlwind week of food, food addiction, and eating-disorder events

I used to be a good blogger. I’d seek out original content, to go with the echo-chamber stuff (“Well, I also think that so-and-so is wrong when she says…”), and I’d be consistent. Anymore, not as much.

My last week, meanwhile, has been a whirlwind. I worked with others on several large projects, and did other smaller stuff, some of which I’m self-required to report about, but the flow of information inward is exacerbated by the time spent accumulating it. I’ve got a ton of tasks to catch up on, even if I decide to let the blogging slide. Some more.

One of the smaller-bore appointments of the week was an hour I spent with Asheen Phansey, sustainability chief at Dassault Systemes, a company that wouldn’t even be on my radar if not for him. I’ve edited the interview — print only, alas; no video — and am awaiting approval on my condensation of the conversation to publish that. Very interesting, very thoughtful guy.

The day before, I’d attended a Food Day event at Babson College, coincidentally when Phansey is an adjunct professor. I was drawn by the topic, “Food Is Everyone’s Business,” and specifically by one of the participants, Dave Stangis, CSO of Campbell Soup. I’d been trying to connect with him for the sort of interview I did with Asheen, but I’m not sure I represented myself well enough for him to be in touch. (The rule is always to get *their* card, but alas, this time he got two of mine (an unpretty story) while I got none of his (“I left them upstairs,” he said.)

Some good stuff was said by panelists. I hope to report on it.

The big event was the first conference on food addiction and treatment ever sponsored by a medical institution, held Wednesday at UMass Medical School in Worcester, Mass. The morning had four conference-wide presentations, and in the afternoon, I moderated panels in both of the breakout blocks.

I’d *better* report some of the information I got there, given the import I assign to it. But for now, I’m stopping here, having written about what I haven’t written about.




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