Dr. David Katz Weighs in on the Body Wars — and Ozempic
Plus: Anti-democracy as a catch-all, a pretty perfect (10-minute!) meal, and PEONIES
Today on Food, Kate and I are joined by my friend Dr. David Katz, who is among the earliest public health professionals to come to the conclusion that food and climate and nutrition and health in general and wellbeing in general are all tied together. He has a special interest in public health and personal nutrition, and is among the most open and intelligent people on that subject. (David and I also wrote a book together called How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered, which had the not unusual misfortune of coming out just about the day Covid started.)
David and Kate and I talked about why it’s important to address a loved one’s weight from the heart, when and how pharmacotherapy should be employed, and, yes, Ozempic. We also have an easy, lovely recipe from David — Simple Cipollini Onions — which you can find here. Marksisms below!
This Week’s Marksisms
A Very Useful Catch-All
This WaPo piece about protesters targeting Target (ha, ha) over their marketing of LGBTG+ items for Pride Month (and Target’s greenhushed response) was interesting (and depressing) on many levels. But the absolute best part was this paragraph (emphasis is mine):
“It’s not like any of this is all that unpredictable,” said Lindsay Schubiner, who studies violent movements for the Western States Center, an anti-extremism watchdog. “We don’t always know exactly where these sort of anti-democracy actors are going to point to next, but the increase in threats and harassment from anti-democracy movements in the U.S. has become so frequent that this is something that absolutely just needs to be planned for.”
Maybe I’m ill-read, though I don’t think so, but the group term “anti-democracy” is new to me, and it really works as a broad description for people who are, if I might generalize, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, and non-normative phobic. I suppose I could add sexist, anti-choice, poor-phobic in general, and anti-gun control (and even “pro-Trump”) to that list but it might be a stretch. Or not. The list could even be expanded, but the point is that “anti-democracy” should catch on as a catch-all.
Tofu Not Tofu
This is what you get if you search the Walmart website for “tofu.” Note that none is actually tofu.