It Happened This Week – Anorexia’s Collateral Damage, Taco Bell’s “Meat”, and a Blueberry Scandal

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Marie Caro, mother of model Isabelle Caro, took her own life last week, reportedly due to the guilt she felt over Isabelle's death last November from complications due to anorexia.  In an article for The Observer, Barbara Ellen discusses a mother's guilt over her daughter's disease and whether parents of children with eating disorders should be held accountable for their child's affliction.

Celebrity figure skater Johnny Weir told gossip columnist Perez Hilton that he is "happy to starve for his art" and considers his self-described anorexia an important part of his career.  While this is not particularly shocking, as atheletes suffering from eating disorders has become quite commonplace, how do Johnny Weir's statements about his anorexia affect his fans?

Wal-Mart announced this week a new initiative to make its Great Value line of foods healthier.  Eradication of "industrially produced trans fat" and reduction of sodium by 25% and sugars by 10% are among the company's plans.  Additionally, Wal-Mart plans to lower the prices of fresh produce.  While this may be a ploy to improve public relations, it could possibly lead to slightly better eating habits among Wal-Mart shoppers.

Taco Bell could use some positive PR, too.  A lawsuit filed this week claims that Taco Bell's "taco meat filling" is less than 40% beef, with the remainder made up of "water, isolated oat product, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate, as well as some beef and seasonings".  Yum-O! 

Other commercial food producers have been outed for another deception this week.  The blueberries found in some cereals, baked goods, and snack bars were never a berry to begin with.  An investigation from journalist Mike Adams (aka the Health Ranger) found that many times, the "blueberries" are actually "just a mixture of artificial colors, partially-hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup".  As if we needed another argument to eat less processed foods!

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