Posts Tagged ‘restaurants’

Fast Food: Not So Downscale, Not So Scary

July 26, 2017 — Back in the day, we knew what was causing all this pesky obesity. Fast food. And we knew it was a downscale habit. The solutions were simple. A little education. A little regulation. Next Problem. Not Exactly Downscale But it turns out that fast food is not so downscale after all. An analysis to be […]

The Fast Food Obesity Villain Is Fading

June 10, 2017 — Don’t look now, but fast food is fading from view as an obesity villain. Equal parts of boredom and pesky facts seem to be playing a role. Pesky Data Another bit of pesky data surfaced recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Seeking evidence that eating out, especially on fast food, has fuelled obesity […]

Attack of the Food Snobs

March 6, 2017 — Very unfair! Last week, the media went after ketchup. Is nothing sacred? Food snobs are attacking President Trump for having ketchup with his steak. Benny Johnson of the Independent Journal Review spilled the beans. Acting on a tip, he staked out the steakhouse in Trump’s Washington hotel. He told the world how Trump orders a […]

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 […]