Happy birthday to our boy

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My wonderful boy, Joseph, was born in the late afternoon 4 years ago today in a Saginaw, Mich., hospital. His birth mom had said that would be the day and she was right — little of the drama and uncertainty that I've heard is so often part of that natural process.

Smart, energetic, observant, fun-loving, somewhat obedient, well-liked by his peers, athletic, creative, he's a good boy. Georgina and I are so lucky to have him in our life. In the biggest sweepstakes imaginable, we hit the lottery.

Greetings from Melbourne

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I got an inquiry from a woman in Melbourne who'd read my book yesterday.

Ideally, I'd have a point here, to say something like, "...and I thought her point was worth discussing with a larger audience." That way, I could slip in the info that a reader in Melbourne frickin' Australia had written to little old me, without looking like I was just crowing that I have a reader from Melbourne frickin' Australia.

"Shaming and blaming people rarely leads to successful change"

Welcome to another installment of "10 Words or Less," in which I ask brief questions of interesting people and ask for brief responses in return. Today's participant is the author of the Yale Food Addiction Scale, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, and a researcher bound for greatness.

Please, Mrs. Obama, don't go on "Biggest Loser"

I don't generally sign online petitions because I question what they truly reflect, but occasionally one raises an issue important enough to lift me above my cynicism. It is far more occasional that I also write to tell others about the effort and to ask them to sign as well.

Spoof as truth: Funny or Die does the Chipotle ad

This came into my view thanks to @yonifreedhoff. It's a Funny or Die spoof of a Chipotle ad that Dr. Freedhoff set up as, "if you've seen that, you've got to see this." And I'm sure he's right. But I *haven't* seen the Chipotle ad, and I still say "you've got to see this."

Pearls of nutritional wisdom, by Andy Bellatti

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People who drive faster are maniacs. People who drive slower are slowpokes. And I, of course, drive just right.

That thought group is why I hesitate to (over)praise the deep and whole wisdom of Andy Bellatti's guest post for Fooducate — the reason I like it so much is that he says things I say.

"10 Words or Less" with food-addiction researcher Ashley Gearhardt

Welcome to another installment of "10 Words or Less," in which I ask brief questions of interesting people and request brief answers in return. Today's participant is Ashley Gearhardt, author of the Yale Food Addiction Scale who is now an assistant professor at the University of Michigan. I'll post an edited print version of the interview once it's completed, but for now, check out the video version. Run time is 25 minutes.

Prof identifies a region outside his expertise

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A defender’s work is never done, apparently, because new (to me) clueless voices keep spouting off with the same ignorant arguments.

Yes, I know. I have to develop some opinions someday.

This time, the spouter is Prof. John Blundell, who apparently is head of the department of psychology at the University of Leeds in Britain. “Is addiction an excuse to overeat” is the headline of his BBC op-ed, which squarely establishes the turf he stumbles through.

Assumed: Your perception of sweetness is very skewed

This is another entry in my “assumptions” series, in which my intention is to explain one of my underlying assumptions definitively, so the next time I feel the need to veer away from a post’s point at hand to provide full background, I can just link to the full thought and let others veer, if they choose to.

Assumption: Your perception of sweetness is very skewed.

Several points about refined sugar:


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