Posts Tagged ‘restaurants’

No More Free Refills in France

January 30, 2017 — The French say “non.” No more free refills. As of last Friday, selling unlimited servings of sugary soft drinks for a fixed price is illegal in France. This move continues a steady path of measures intended to curb the rise of obesity there. In 2004, France banned vending machines from schools. In 2011, school cafeterias […]

Chipotle Chorizo Burrito: What Calories?

November 23, 2016 — Call it bad luck or call it bad karma. Chipotle has been having more than its share. The latest turn of the screw is a class action lawsuit for false advertising. This wound is a self-inflicted. In-store advertising depicted a new chorizo burrito as having only 300 calories. In fact, just the chorizo is 300 […]

Fleeing the Golden Arches for What?

October 9, 2016 — Healthy-ish food at fast casual restaurants like Panera and Chipotle has been capturing consumers who began turning away from the Golden Arches in the 1990s. Better, presumably healthier food has been the alluring promise. But Danielle Schoffman and colleagues have nicely documented that this promise might be false. Their study in the latest issue of the […]

Three Reasons for Restaurants to Worry

October 2, 2016 — Consumer attitudes about food, dining, and health are shaking up the business climate for restaurants. Three big factors are creating worries, along with a few business opportunities. An unhealthy image is driving many people – especially millennials – away from fast food and fast casual restaurants that have prospered for years. Chipotle, with its faux-healthy “food with integrity” […]

This Is Not the Way to Burn Calories

August 20, 2016 — Oops. McDonald’s has been giving out free activity trackers to encourage kids to burn calories. In return, the company received more attention for burned skin than burned calories. McDonald’s swiftly removed the trackers from its Happy Meals when photos of burned wrists started going viral on the internet tubes. We’re going to miss those adorable Step-It activity […]

Really? Restaurant Calorie Counts Fight Obesity?

February 29, 2016 — A new analysis of self-reported BMI data has advocates for restaurant calorie counts cheering that they really do fight obesity. In a fabulous illustration of how smart people can rationalize whatever they want to believe, Harvard professor Cass Sunstein is unequivocal about the success of adding calorie counts to restaurant menus: All in all, it’s […]

No Joke: Chocolate McFries

January 30, 2016 — If you need proof that McDonald’s is back in its groove, consider the chocolate McFries it launched this week in Japan. Early reviews of this taste sensation are mostly – uh – positive, like this one from RocketNews24: Without a doubt, the sauce was the prominent flavour, but with the savoury note, it didn’t taste […]

Obesity from Pizza Boxes

November 27, 2015 — The stuff they put into pizza boxes might cause obesity — and we’re not talking about the pizza. We’re talking about perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) that are put into the box itself to repel the grease. A new study published in Obesity finds that mothers with high PFAS exposure gave birth to children with higher BMI, waist circumference, and body […]

Food and Health: What We Assume and What We Know

November 16, 2015 — The relationship between food and health is a complex and often subjective matter. The difference between what is widely assumed to be true and what is objectively known to be true can be very difficult to discern. It’s made harder by the tendency of people to stick with like-minded people on this subject — even in […]

An Epidemic of Food Intolerance and Obesity

October 21, 2015 — How can it be that we have an epidemic of food intolerance and obesity at the same time? The explanation might be be found if you consider the messaging about obesity that bombards us daily. Some people have referred to it as a moral panic and they have a point — even though they take […]