Just got in from a great day on the links. I was a little hung over, but managed to eek out an 85 on a strange course that I played for the first time. Won about $40. Not too shabby.
Came in to check my emails and found one from a friend giving me a heads up on one of the winners of the Tarnished Halo Awards, sponsored by the Center for Consumer Freedom. The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is a lobbying group for the restaurant and food industry, which, of course, makes them a little suspect. Nevertheless, I always enjoy it when they skewer these holier-than-thou types.
As the CCF calls it, the Tarnished Halo Awards go to
America’s most notorious animal-rights zealots, environmental scaremongers, celebrity busybodies, self-anointed “public interest” advocates, trial lawyers, and other food & beverage activists who claim to “know what’s best for you.”
I’m basking in the schadenfruede of Kelly Brownell’s getting this award (as is Taubes) because Brownell truly is one of those holier-than-thou twits who is a major promoter of the low-fat, high-carb diet. I love it when he blames his weight problem on the fact that he leads a sedentary life.
Dr. Brownell got his award in the Do as I Say, Not as I Eat category.
Awarded to the father of the “Twinkie tax,” Yale University professor Kelly Brownell, for writing a book on solutions to the obesity epidemic while misleading the public about his own weight. On the dust jacket of his 2003 book about obesity, readers find a photograph of a trimmer (and much younger) Brownell than current reality warranted. Brownell admitted to the Associated Press that his own obesity resulted from a sedentary lifestyle.
Here are his pictures. The one on the left is from his diet book jacket. The one on the right, as he really is.
There are probably a number of people out there who could qualify for this award. Maybe I’ll start my own awards and start outing these guys. I go to most of the major obesity related medical meetings, and you wouldn’t believe how many of the people who are in positions of power are obese themselves. If readers have any candidates, send them to me.