Posts Tagged ‘restaurants’

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 […]

Good Results in Small Packages

September 21, 2015 — Small packages can yield big results for changing food consumption. That’s the word from a new, exhaustive evidence review published by the highly respected Cochrane Collaboration. Researchers led by Gareth Hollands analyzed 72 studies over the last 35 years and found that smaller portions, packages, and tableware consistently lead people to consume less food and drink. […]

Weirdly Offending Everyone

September 4, 2015 — In oddly twisted news from Washington, a lobbyist for restaurant, food, and tobacco interests is attacking Chipotle with offensive ads about obesity. In the process, the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) seems to be finding a way of weirdly offending everyone. The CCF is an odd and secretive nonprofit organization led by Rick Berman, a Washington […]

GMO-Free: Latest in a Long Line of Health Halos

August 20, 2015 — It looks like GMO-Free may be on its way to becoming the next in a long line of health halo scams that lead people to assign unjustified health benefits to foods because of claims that line up with popular convictions. Chipotle is amping up its promotion of a healthy image for the restaurant chain with […]

Eating Out

July 20, 2015 — A quick search of scientific literature yields nearly half a million references to fast food and obesity. Various proposals have surfaced to address the problem of fast food, including a ban on new fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles enacted in 2008. (It accomplished exactly nothing.) So, what if fast food is no better or […]