For some time now, I've been arguing that legal scholars ought to be challenging the contention of food corporations that the First Amendment gives them the right to market foods any way they like, even to kids. I simply cannot believe that the Founding Fathers of the United States intended the First Amendment for this purpose. In December 2010, I urged public interest lawyers to examine current food marketing practices in light of the First Amendment. I am pleased to see that they are now doing so.
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Finally – a holiday fat map. Holiday destinations guaranteed to make you porky. When’s Part Two? The guide to places you get dysentery.
I remember the moment my food fatigue set in. I was at a business lunch in New York a fortnight after moving to the US and a third of the way through my ranch dressing-soaked excuse for a salad when the scene took on the quality of a nightmare. The snuffling noises emanating from a nearby table – where a man was inhaling heaped forkfuls of spaghetti carbonara – seemed to be growing grotesquely loud; the woman reaching for a spoonful of her son’s chocolate sundae predatory in her gluttony. All around, diners were engaged in the same robotic hand-to-mouth gesture, like drones with a grim job to do.
A healthy weight comes from loving your food. Not learning to resent it.
Loving food and fearing fat (body fat, not butter or avocados or triple cremes), have dominated my thinking since a pretty young age. I am not alone in that, unfortunately. Nor am I alone in being embarrassed by my obsession. I am a smart, educated, woman of some depth. Instead of worrying if I should eat the bucatini laced with ramp pesto, I could be writing a poem, or learning a language, or a million other, happier things.
You can take away their happy meals, but McFat kids will keep coming back bigger than ever.
New York City Councilman Leroy G. Comrie Jr. of Queens has attacked a piece of Americana by proposing to ban “Happy Meal” toys in fast food restaurants. And while legislators and public health advocates are correct in looking for ways to reverse skyrocketing childhood obesity rates, toys and kids’ foods have been synonymous for almost a century, ever since Cracker Jacks began adding surprises to each package in 1912.