Big Fat Lies (page 79)

A Slice of Silliness

Close your eyes and think of a pizza. Did you need the government’s help? The U.S. Department of Agriculture is revising regulations on what constitutes…
Posted November 13, 2001 at 12:00 am

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…
Posted October 30, 2001 at 12:00 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.
Posted September 20, 2001 at 12:00 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."
Posted September 4, 2001 at 12:00 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."
Posted July 25, 2001 at 12:00 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…
Posted July 11, 2001 at 12:00 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…
Posted June 14, 2001 at 12:00 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.
Posted June 1, 2001 at 12:00 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.'"
Posted April 27, 2001 at 12:00 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…
Posted April 26, 2001 at 12:00 am