Big Fat Lies (page78)

Portioning Out Blame

That old Borscht Belt joke — “the food was awful, and such small portions!” — doesn’t mean much to Buffalo News writer Amy Pierce, who in a recent piece blasting…
PostedOctober 30, 2001 at12:00 am

Taking Comfort in Food

In times of stress and pain, it’s natural to look for comfort. And many Americans have looked to restaurants to serve up their favorite comfort foods over the past week.
PostedSeptember 20, 2001 at12:00 am

Nanny Culture makes columnist sick

USA Today columnist Walter Shapiro has heard just about enough from the Nanny Culture. Taking note of recent efforts by the federal food-label squad, he asks: "Have we as a nation gone amok with these health warnings?" Serious health warnings, he says, "are cheapened when restaurants and food stores are papered with dictates from the Nanny State. And because the menu warnings don't require restaurants to actually do anything, they represent nothing more than feel-good regulation."
PostedSeptember 4, 2001 at12:00 am

Noted without comment

The Washington Post caught former FDA commissioner David Kessler in a moment of hypocrisy yesterday. The former U.S. food-nanny-in-chief was spotted at Reagan National Airport, "chowing down at a Ranch 1 fast-food counter, ordering fries and a Coke and giving his quick assent when asked if he'd like to 'supersize it' for an extra 49 cents."
PostedJuly 25, 2001 at12:00 am

Celebrity-chef nannies still serving up doom and gloom

Greg Critser writes in The Washington Monthly (“Mean Cuisine,” July/August issue) that today’s celebrity chefs have made it their mission “to school the country–or at least its aspiring elites–on…
PostedJuly 11, 2001 at12:00 am

Choice Is The Enemy?

The Spokane (WA) Spokesman-Review features a Food article about the psychology of overeating. The culprits? Variety and choice. “Food should be boring,” writes Laura Crooks, “especially if you’re trying…
PostedJune 14, 2001 at12:00 am

CSPI Nannies Gear Up For Summer

Issuing a warning to vacationing families trying to dine on a budget, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) renewed its age-old edict against fast food. Railing against "unnecessarily large servings" and calling the drive-through lane "a minefield of salt and fat," CSPI nutritionist Jayne Hurley is in typical form, trying her best to make your choices for you.
PostedJune 1, 2001 at12:00 am

Her Majesty’s Nannies

Members of the British Parliament are concerned about rising rates of obesity among its school-age children. Some UK government figures have routinely claimed that British kids are the fattest in all of Europe. What to do about it? According to today's Wall Street Journal Europe (subscription required), one Labour MP is demanding that children taken to fast-food restaurants "should be taught to reprimand their parents, 'You are taking me somewhere which could eventually kill me.'"
PostedApril 27, 2001 at12:00 am

A Prescription for Health: Patient Choice

The University of North Carolina’s Neurosciences Hospital is offering its patients and medical staff something unusual – hospital food that tastes good. Responding to customer surveys, the hospital closed one…
PostedApril 26, 2001 at12:00 am

Shop ‘Till You (Gain 30 Pounds And) Drop

They're at it again. The ├╝ber-nannies at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) have decided for the rest of us (as usual) that most meals at shopping mall food courts do more harm than good. CSPI would apparently prefer that your mall-walking energy come from rice cakes and tofu. Who asked them, anyway? For a closer look at CSPI, check out our site
PostedMarch 26, 2001 at12:00 am