An interesting perspective from today’s WaPo: David Kessler, doctor, lawyer, and former FDA commissioner, argues that the food industry manipulates the neurological impacts of fats and sugars to program consumers to eat more than we need or want.

“The food the industry is selling is much more powerful than we realized,” he said. “I used to think I ate to feel full. Now I know, we have the science that shows, we’re eating to stimulate ourselves. And so the question is what are we going to do about it?”

Read more about Kessler’s Dumpster-diving quest to prove his point here. Kessler’s new book is called The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite.


  1. #1 Tony P
    April 27, 2009

    Fascinating article. I do love my salt and my sugar. The fat I could do without and not notice too much.

    But I control it by first cutting out soft drinks, and lastly major meals are cooked by me so I can control what goes into them.

    My weight has been stable for years but a bit on the heavier side. I’m 200lbs.

  2. #2 LokiMan
    April 27, 2009

    Freaky stuff.

  3. #3 michael5000
    May 9, 2009

    I ran into a product the other day called “Butterfinger Buzz” — a massive, massive candy bar that has been packed with what you’d have to call a medicinal dose of caffeine. It’s almost quaint in its shamelessness.

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