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Researchers find being exposed to fast food symbols makes it harder to appreciate everyday joys

Success, in the Western world, means “gaining time,” according to French philosopher Jean-Francois Lyotard. The faster we do things — work, eat, sleep, read — the more time we “gain.” But this focus on time efficiency could be making the small things in life harder to enjoy. A trio of…

Data From 1980 Shows Poor iPod Market Saturation

Reason links to a new study purporting to show that increased fast food consumption is not linked to poverty.  Unfortunately, the study uses consumption figures from 1994-96. That wouldn't be a big deal, except that McDonald's didn't launch its Dollar Menu until 2002, at which point McDonald's consumption skyrocketed. Reacting to…

The appeal of fast food is about more than “fast”

People in the thread below—I suppose this was inevitable—were reverting back to the liberal argument that fast food's popularity is mainly a labor issue, as in people work too hard and resort to fast food (against their will, no doubt!) because they have no options. This argument is juiced up…

A third way to think about fast food

Erik at LGM captures some of my growing discomfort with Mark Bittman's political approach to the question of improving national nutrition.  Bittman has taken to scolding people for being lazy more than looking at the underlying reasons people don't cook more.  I somewhat agreed with a rant he had a…

The red herring of bad parenting

This is a little late, but I was catching up on my podcast listening, and so I only now just got around to the latest episode of the Postbourgie Podcast. The second half of the podcast is about various attempts to regulate people’s food purchases for health reasons. It’s a…

Adding is great, but only if done in conjunction with subtracting

As much as I’m generally supportive of Michelle Obama’s initiatives to get Americans, especially kids, to eat better and exercise more, I have to blog some more about why her program is bound to fail. It’s because it’s all about adding, but there’s not enough about subtracting, and without the…

Food for thought as Weight Watchers joins McDonald’s

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The slimmers organization Weight Watchers has teamed up with fast-food giant McDonald’s in New Zealand — in a deal that some of their members are finding difficult to stomach. The dieting company will put their logo on three different McDonald’s meals, that each adds up to…

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