Posts Tagged ‘fast food’

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 […]

Presidential Snacks: Fries, Peppers, and Seven Almonds

August 10, 2016 — Tired of this election season already? We’re with you. So instead of dwelling on Donald Trump’s sound bytes, Hillary Clinton’s emails, or that lame duck Barack Obama, let’s talk presidential snacks! Trump has a fondness for McDonald’s, KFC, taco bowls, diners, and overcooked steaks. In his now famous effort to tell Hispanic voters that he loves […]

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 […]


August 19, 2014 — Burger King’s bold experiment with low-fat French fries has left everyone unsatisfried. Burger King is pulling the plug due to poor sales. Who could have guessed? Remember the flop that was McLean? Or the debacle that was olestra in WOW branded low-fat chips? We could go on, but you get the idea. At their debut, we […]

Happier Kids’ Meals?

December 3, 2013 — Happier kids’ meals might be a real possibility. The Yale Rudd Center — no fan of the fast food industry — is praising McDonald’s for healthy changes to its trademark Happy Meals. At the same time, a new study published in Obesity shows how such changes can make a difference for children. Don’t get the […]

Americans Eating Less Fast Food, Staying Home

April 7, 2013 — A new CDC study shows fast food continues to decline as a percent of American diets. Fast food represented 11% of daily caloric intake in 2010, the year the most recent data covers, down significantly versus the almost 13% it represented in 2006.  Fast food includes hamburgers, pizza, french fries, and tacos — food that […]

Hospitals Say Good-bye to McDonald’s

January 14, 2013 — McDonald’s is everywhere, right? Yes, but not so much in hospitals anymore. The McDonald’s in the Truman Medical Centers’ main campus in Kansas City, Missouri, recently ended its 20-year-old arrangement with the fast food chain. That makes the fifth hospital to sever its connection with McDonald’s in the past few years. It seems hospitals have […]