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Happy (Early) Thanksgiving!

Filed Under: Food and Drink, Pop Culture

 
kira

7:10 PM on November 24th, 2009 | 

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He Sees You When You’re Sleeping

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Alright, there’s been a lot of food / fatness related content lately. So what better way to put that to rest than suggest a really fantastic diet program? It even worked for Santa… I mean come on, that guy was fat!

Seriously though… this is insane.

 
aaron

10:44 AM on October 15th, 2009 | 

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Kentucky Fried Cardiac Arrest

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doubledownI hate to do one obesity-related post so soon after another — seriously, I do think about other things, like drugs and sex and such — but this weekend’s New York Times Magazine was “the food issue,” and so I’ve just spent the better part of a morning/mid-afternoon reading one article after another on what works and what doesn’t when it comes to regulating our food intake, or asking professional scientists to regulate it for us. All in all, I discovered little by way of new information: It would seem that consuming fewer calories than we burn continues to be the most successful method of losing weight. Shocker.

But one good thing did come of those 25,000+ words. This. The “Double Down” sandwich from KFC, currently being tested in Rhode Island and Nebraska, ostensibly because neither state is known for being particularly obese, or known, period. (If a tree falls in Nebraska, and so on).

This newest “sandwich” from KFC, which isn’t featured anywhere on the chain’s actual Web site (for obvious public-relations-nightmare-waiting-to-happen reasons), is bacon and cheese and sauce slapped between not bread, or meat-infused-bread, but rather bread-infused meat — i.e. two breaded chicken patties. I couldn’t make this shit up if I tried.

I really wish this was a hoax. Video here. Also, here’s a poor-quality commercial, (with the much-needed explanation: “We just didn’t have room for a bun”).

KFC has quite obviously taken a page out of the SNL book. Check it out:

P.S. After the fact, Aaron and I thought perhaps RA should contribute its own list of potential fat-food combinations. Consider these motherfuckers copyrighted. I’m talking to you, Popeyes.

1. Turducken Taco, with fire sauce

2. Bacon Double Jamaican Meat Patty

3. Pizza-Stuffed Pizza (Also available: Stuffed Crust Pizza-Stuffed Pizza)

4. Bagel-Dog Enchiladas with Nacho Cheese and Chili

5. Deep-Fried Sloppy Joes

 
kira

3:17 PM on October 12th, 2009 | 

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The Blubbernor’s Race

Filed Under: Food and Drink, Politics

govsI knew this day would come. With all the mud slinging that goes on in the world of politics, the nation’s obsession with obesity, and the undeniable stigma of being a fat anything these days—doctor, teacher, waiter—it was only a matter of time between two worlds collided in a big explosion of rhetoric and cholesterol.

The New York Times came out with a story today on the utterly boring but I guess somewhat relevant governor’s race in New Jersey. Incumbent John Corzine, in a new television ad, less-than-discreetly alludes to his adversary’s, well, weight. In the ad, gubernatorial hopeful Christopher Christie (by the by, what kind of fucking name is this?) steps out of an SUV in slow motion, “his extra girth moving … in several different directions at once,” as the Times so eloquently puts it. The narrator, meanwhile, says Christie “threw his weight around” to avoid traffic tickets.

This isn’t the first time Corzine’s commercials have, let us say, highlighted Christie’s weight, though the governor denies it (after having watched the ad, I too think Christie’s camp, or at least the Times, is overreacting). But it may very well be the latest in what I would consider an impending paradigm shift—weight, once a completely off-limits subject for any public figure outside the realm of entertainment celebrity, is becoming a sticking point. When Regina Benjamin was nominated for surgeon general, people were quick to question whether she was “too fat” for the job.

This isn’t to say that I haven’t been critical of obesity time and time again on this site — but I don’t think someone’s judgment when it comes to cheeseburgers is related to their judgment on public policy. Shit, if love of cheeseburgers and holding informed political opinions were mutually exclusive, I’d have a damn hard time choosing between the two. Especially if the cheeseburgers were from McDonald’s.

Moreover, were I running for any public office in the great state of New Jersey, I would avoid making critical comments, however subtle, on the basis of my opponent’s appearance. Especially if I looked just like John Hammond from Jurassic Park.

[NY Times]

 
kira

10:18 AM on October 8th, 2009 | 

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Fatness Explained

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I couldn’t have said it better myself. Sadly, were this nutritional notice places on all foods in the city, I have a sneaking suspicion the sarcasm would be lost on many.

 
kira

2:00 PM on September 25th, 2009 | 

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Shock and Ugh

Filed Under: Food and Drink, New York

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No smoking in restaurants, bars, or pretty much anywhere else: check. No trans fats in baked goods: check. Full disclosure of calorie content of all mass-produced chain food: check.

Means by which to make subway riders physically ill whilst attempting to teach them some semblance of a nutritional lesson: check. Thanks Department of Health.

 
kira

2:33 PM on August 31st, 2009 | 

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Fatshion Forward

Filed Under: Food and Drink, Pop Culture

untitledConcentrated healthy eating hasn’t been possible since the birth of McDonald’s, so God gave us diets. But diets, with their rules and costs and weird approximations of chocolate-flavored things, were just too hard, so God gave us drugs. But drugs, which peeled off the pounds faster than you could say “my liver hurts, is that a side effect?,” were apparently dangerous, so God gave us surgery. And now, with layoffs mounting and health care coverage about as effective as an umbrella made of Swiss cheese, surgery is too expensive, so God gave us something new: denial.

If you can’t beat ‘em, eat cheesecake—or so goes the mantra of a group of fatties documented in a New York Times article today. The story outlines the sentiments of a growing movement, a so-called “loose alliance of therapists, scientists and others” (read: unapologetic fat people) who believe that people, “‘even’ fat people, can eat whatever they want and, in the process, improve their physical and mental health and stabilize their weight.” In other words, some cross between “If you stop obsessing about what you eat, you’ll probably eat okay,” and “It’s totally okay to order five cheeseburgers.” Read More ›

 
kira

9:15 AM on July 17th, 2009 | 

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Meals: So Overrated

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cheeseburgers-450x270I imagine I’m fairly late in jumping on the bandwagon that is “hating MeMe Roth,” the publicist and mother of two who was profiled in the New York Times today for starting shit with her kids’ elementary school over their apparently terrorist-level distribution of junk food.

Roth, who the Times carefully avoids labeling an out-and-out crazy, has engaged in an ongoing e-mail battle with administrators at the school, over “junk food served on special occasions: the cupcakes that come out for every birthday, the doughnuts her children were once given in gym, the sugary ‘Fun-Dip’ packets that some parent provided the whole class on Valentine’s Day.” Indeed, rather than simply instruct her health-conscious children to abstain from the frivolous snacking, Roth has the kids pack up whatever non-meal food they’re given in Tupperware and bring it home to her, ostensibly so she can craft her vitriolic e-mails with more detail… and vitriol. Read More ›

 
kira

1:30 PM on June 17th, 2009 | 

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Slim Jims: Highly Flammable

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This must have been the worst-smelling explosion ever.

 
kira

10:21 AM on June 10th, 2009 | 

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Fish And Pringles

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pringlesYou heard it here first: Pringles are indeed a chip

A British appeals court ruled Wednesday that the taxman does have the right to charge the country’s “Value Added Tax” on the many-flavored treat, putting an end to the multi-year argument from Pringle maker Procter & Gamble that their product should be exempt from the tax because it’s a “savory food” rather than a potato crisp. 

Law states that the VAT should apply to “potato crisps, potato sticks, potato puffs and similar products made from the potato, or from potato flour, or from potato starch, and savoury products obtained by the swelling of cereals or cereal products; and salted or roasted nuts other than nuts in a shell” which is a long-winded way of saying “Fuck you Pringles, you wanted in the big wide world of potato foods, now accept the consequences.” And sorry P&G rep Roderick Cordara, not only is “potatoness” not a word, but if it were, I would say Pringles definitely have enough potatosity to qualify. 

Despite their seemingly endless attempt to beat out Lays, Doritos and other chip-makers in the food world, Pringles have not historically done well with press. I will never forget reports that the chips’ low-fat and fat-free incarnations led to, well, “anal leakage.” Nor can I truly support any chip company that considers it necessary to have 12 different flavors, among them thing like “loaded baked potato” and “spicy guacamole.”

Seems that once you pop, the fun actually can stop.

 
kira

4:10 PM on May 20th, 2009 | 

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Fire In The Hole

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Here’s the burning question of the moment: are flaming shots really necessary? Drinking 151 feels like dousing your throat with napalm as it is.

Despite what Renaissance Faires may have tried to convince you as a child, breathing fire… not actually that awesome. I mean, in addition to the fact that you’ll end up working at a Renaissance Faire.

Nonetheless, after you dress those third degree burns, bro, you’re sure going to need a beer. And that’s what Tipsy Tuesday is all about! For the post-collegiate readers, remember how easy it used to be to justify drinking every night of the week before words like “responsibilities”, “maturity”, and “alcoholism” reared their ugly heads?

Shit, today’s Cinco De Mayo too, and god knows we have to celebrate every culture’s various holidays by drinking mass quantities of watered-down beer out of plastic cups. See you at the bottom.

 
aaron

5:53 PM on May 5th, 2009 | 

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Whopper Jr.

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Planning to hit up Burger King, right after wrestling practice.

Joining taboos like illegal drugs and pedophiles, fast-food restaurants may soon become the next thing not allowed near schools

Queens Councilman Eric Gioia is proposing that new fast-food restaurants be prohibited within a tenth of a mile of existing schools — which in New York City geography might as well be five miles — a reaction to unsurprising study data showing young teenagers tend to be fatter when there are fast-food restaurants within one block of their school. The suggestion comes on top of new regulations limiting the sugar content of drinks sold in schools, which put the kibosh on soda and juice sales earlier this month. 

Though the study results themselves have caused no small amount of ire — restaurant advocates argue that the survey doesn’t establish cause-and-effect, nor does it take into account that fast-food eateries offer more than just cheesebrugers — I have no problem accepting that teens educated within a block of a McDonald’s will go there, and often. There was a brief period in my own high schools days where “lunch” meant Twix and Mountain Dew, until some equally invasive rule-making in Maryland public schools left vending machines turned off until after fifth period. 

Rather, this proposal irks me on principle. It’s certainly necessary to acknowledge the “if you build it, they will come” mentality that dictates many a young teen’s food choices, but it is no way necessary to cater to it. By taking away kids’ opportunity to make a consciously intelligent decision with respect to food, we’re doing nothing to encouarge that kind of decision-making in other walks of life — say, after they leave this kind of regulated eating environment. 

Nor is fast-food really the root of the problem. I’ve stood in a bodega at 8 a.m. with my coffee and newspapers and watched people of all ages buy candy, soda and chips for breakfast. At no time of the day or night have I seen either the Taco Bell/Pizza Hut combo store, or the Crown Fried Chicken near my apartment, devoid of customers. The bottom line is that junk food tastes fairly incredible, and unless the long-term effects of poor eating can be impressed upon people at a young age — and in an educational, rather than passive-aggressive way — we stand virtually no chance of eradicating obesity in this country. For every variation on the “make your own salad” eatery, there will be five McDonald’s, but more importantly - they will always sell ice cream at the grocery store, or candy at the bodega, or bacon bits right next to the eight choices of lettuce. There will always be a way to eat shitty food, and as long as there is - and unless we really and truly know better - we’ll always do it.

 
kira

9:58 AM on April 20th, 2009 | 

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