Big Fat Lies (page 79)

Fast Food In The Crosshairs

Yesterday’s Washington Post was an anti-soft-drink feeding frenzy (see our February 27 headlines). Today’s Post follows up with an anti-fast-food feature about journalist Eric Schlosser, the nanny culture’s current man…
Posted February 28, 2001 at 12:00 am

Parents Not Responsible

Television advertising from fast food restaurants takes much of the blame for children's poor diets in a new study in this month's medical journal Pediatrics. Instead of holding parents responsible for what their children eat, the researchers say, "[T]hese kids see a lot of ads for fast foods and convenience foods. And that's what they end up eating."
Posted January 31, 2001 at 12:00 am

How Many People Really Die From Obesity

Talking about his new book, "Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal," Eric Schlosser recently tossed out the overused claim that "the cost of obesity is…
Posted January 26, 2001 at 12:00 am

Bashing Fast Food

Author Eric Schlosser's new book, "Fast-Food Nation: The Dark Side of The All-American Meal," makes it sound as if fast-food is somehow responsible for all the world's problems - children dying, farmers killing themselves, fatal workplace injuries, school dropouts, etc. Does Schlosser really think anyone will buy this outlandish premise?
Posted January 15, 2001 at 12:00 am

Bonnie Old Fat Tax?

Professor Mol Malek, of St. Andrews University in Scotland, says hamburgers should be taxed on a sliding scale according to fat content. Malek's anti-choice sentiments make it look like he's been talking to the Center for Science in the Public Interest's Michael Jacobson, who wants a fat tax here in the U.S. ("Expert calls for a fat tax on burgers," Scottish Daily Record, 10/9/00)
Posted October 10, 2000 at 12:00 am

Legal Leaps Of Logic

A woman in Tennessee is suing McDonald’s because she claims she was permanently scared after a hot pickle fell on her chin. She’s seeking more than $110,000 for “physical…
Posted October 9, 2000 at 12:00 am

All Out Of Proportion

The Hartford Courant adds another voice to those who unscientifically link restaurant portion sizes to rising obesity rates.
Posted July 13, 2000 at 12:00 am

Bad News From France

Forty-five percent of those polled would not convict anti-choice terrorist, Jose Bove who is on trial for leading the demolition of a McDonald's restaurant. The Daily Telegraph describes Bove's rise in popularity and the advancement of the anti-choice movement as a "work of PR genius."
Posted July 3, 2000 at 12:00 am

Microsoft And McDonalds’s Aren’t To Blame

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer John Fauber buys into the anti-choice nannies' argument that "our computerized, fast-food world has made it all too easy to put on weight." Ignoring the fact that people have the ability to choose what and how much they eat, Fauber adds that "portion sizes at many restaurants are out of control."
Posted June 20, 2000 at 12:00 am

Attacking Restaurants Now And Later

Jumping on the anti-choice bandwagon, the USA Today's Greg Crister blasts fast food restaurants, blaming them for American's obesity problems, and calls for more government action to fight the problem. Meanwhile, the Houston Chronicle ominously predicts, "Government intrusion into those lifestyle choices and the inevitable lawsuits against food processors and purveyors are probably the next steps along the path, if the anti- tobacco effort is illustrative." ("Junk food," Houston Chronicle, 6/5/00.)
Posted June 6, 2000 at 12:00 am