How To Deal With The Thanksgiving Food Police

Is there anything more fun than being under surveillance by the Friends and Family Food Police at the holidays? There are only a couple of things that I can think of –- root canal, shaving my head with a cheese grater, a fish hook in my eye… » 11/23/11 2:30pm 11/23/11 2:30pm

Potatoes Come Under Scrutiny For Dominating Unhealthy School Lunches

Despite the fact that our nation's potato consumption is at its lowest point in 30 years — down 20% since 1996, in fact — our kids are consuming so much of the vegetable in school lunches that it's become a topic of debate in the Senate. The government would like to see potatoes in school lunches limited to only two… » 10/18/11 10:45am 10/18/11 10:45am

A Year Of Barely Edible School Lunches

Schools used to dish out putrid pasta dishes, burned french fries, and mystery meats with few complaints from parents, but the childhood obesity epidemic has drawn more attention to what kids are being served at school. For years advocates have been saying children need to have healthier lunch options, but now one… » 10/06/11 11:00am 10/06/11 11:00am

CEO Insists Ronald McDonald's Hip, "Does Not Advertise Unhealthy Food…

This week, a corporate watchdog urged McDonald's to retire Ronald McDonald and stop marketing to children. Today McDonald's Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner defended the 48-year-old mascot, saying he's still just as hip and relevant ... as David Spade » 5/19/11 9:45pm 5/19/11 9:45pm

Government Launches Attack On Cartoons That Sell Junk Food To Kids

Yesterday the government proposed new guidelines that could make the concept of a cartoon rabbits pushing sugary cereal just a story you bore your grandkids with. In an effort to curb childhood obesity, the new rules limit how food companies can market unhealthy foods to kids and teens. » 4/29/11 3:20pm 4/29/11 3:20pm

Why Are There So Many Brawls At McDonald's?

Last week, four people were injured after a fight broke out during a hiring event at a local McDonald's. And at another McDonald's location, a trans woman was beaten until she had a seizure. What is it about McDonald's that makes people want to beat each other up? » 4/25/11 3:36pm 4/25/11 3:36pm

Ronald McDonald Loses #1 Spot To Jared The Subway Guy

This is hard to believe, but Subway has surpassed McDonald's as the world's largest restaurant chain, according to the Wall Street Journal. Subway now has 33,749 restaurants worldwide, while McDonald's has 32,737. » 3/08/11 10:53am 3/08/11 10:53am

Sarah Palin Defends Innocent Cookies From Alleged Liberal Onslaught

Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are positioning themselves against the anti-junk-food zealotry of people like MeMe Roth. Does that mean every time I eat a cookie I'm supporting the Tea Party? » 11/29/10 12:20pm 11/29/10 12:20pm

What Ever Will You Do If Your Kid Gains The Freshman 15?!

Asks one writer, "What should you say to your college kid when he or she comes home for Thanksgiving having all too clearly gained the notorious Freshman 15?" » 11/16/10 5:17pm 11/16/10 5:17pm

Healthy-Living Blogs Maybe Not So Healthy

Are blogs about healthy living just a disguised form of thinspo? This question, posed by a ladymag, has ignited a fierce debate about health, weight, writing, and how they all intersect. » 10/04/10 3:10pm 10/04/10 3:10pm

The Hierarchy Of Food Needs

Responding to critics who argue that poor people do not eat healthy food choose to eat healthy food because they're ignorant or prefer unhealthy food, Ellyn Satter wrote a hierarchy of food needs. » 8/13/10 5:59pm 8/13/10 5:59pm

Dude Predictably Disappointed By Expensive Home-Delivery Diets

We usually think of home delivery diets as being for female celebrities (at least those not A-list enough to merit a full-time chef). So when a Brooklyn dad taste-tested them for the Times, we were somewhat curious. » 5/05/10 7:00pm 5/05/10 7:00pm

Fat-Shamer MeMe Roth To Opponent: "Don't Be An Ass"

MeMe Roth is pretty excited about Santa Clara County's proposed ban on toys in Happy Meals, and disagreeing with her apparently makes commentator Mike Gallagher "an ass." » 4/29/10 11:00am 4/29/10 11:00am

Farmers Squawk Back At Chicken Cruelty Videos

The Humane Society of the United States has released some damning footage of egg farms, but farmers' organizations are firing back, claiming the group wants "to remove meat from our dinner tables [...] and eventually — pets from our families." » 4/08/10 9:30am 4/08/10 9:30am

The (Supposed) Scourge Of Snacktime

A recent study says kids are snacking more — and parents and scientists alike are up in arms. But are chips and pretzels really kids' worst enemies? » 3/02/10 6:20pm 3/02/10 6:20pm

Sugar Is Not The Enemy: Against The Demonization Of Food

Those of us with large amounts of Valentine's candy to polish off will be glad to know that food expert Brian Wansink thinks a little sugar won't kill you. However, his words on sweetness touched off a bitter battle. » 2/15/10 5:00pm 2/15/10 5:00pm

Women & Children First: Targeting Women In Earthquake's Aftermath

''Bringing food into a situation where people are desperate is always chaotic,'' says Chris Weber of World Vision, one of the organizations tasked with distributing the wave of donated supplies. Is handing aid over to women the answer? » 2/01/10 1:40pm 2/01/10 1:40pm