Hugging and Chalking

This blog is about obesity and the inanity/insanity it spawns, the encroaching lawsuits and growing diet industry. Obesity is a matter of genes and personal responsibility. You can have an endocrine problem, or you can have a balance problem (too many calories and too little exercise). It’s not where you eat, but how much you eat; it’s not McDonald’s fault, or Mama’s fault, or Washington’s fault if your body is too fat or too thin. Rosabelle.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Does your kitchen make you fat?

That was the topic on the Bob Connors morning drive time show today. At first thought, you may say, well, of course, that's where the food is. But that's not what the interview with two young architects was about. An article on the size and design of kitchens appeared in the Washington Post and was picked up by ABC News, so it is getting some attention.

Kitchens have become entertainment rooms with the "great room" concept, troughs for eating (called islands) and lounges with TVs, all with food close at hand. I think the loss of the dining room is another problem. Eating in the kitchen encourages snacking, carry-out/carry-in meals, casual on the fly meals, eating alone, multi-tasking while eating, and poorly planned meals. When I plan a meal that will be served in the dining room, even if it is just for the two of us, I pay much closer attention to how it will look, how nutritious it is, and the timing.

What is in your kitchen and kitchen cabinets that has nothing to do with your eating or food preparation? Here's my list:

small TV (never on during meal time)
radio/cd player
car keys
stash for charge card receipts
basket for mail
cat's food and water bowl
junk drawer for candles, pencils, addresses, stamps, calendar etc.
reminders of appointments
cleaning supplies
flower vases
several games
seasonal decor as needed

So think about it. Do you need a smaller kitchen? Do you need to move family and guest activities out of the food prep area? Why does food rather than people become our focus for entertaining?

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Eat your McNuggets in Denmark

Wonder why they can't reduce the bad fats in the USA.

"BOSTON (Reuters) - The chicken nuggets and french fries sold at a McDonald's in New York City may be more unhealthy than those sold in Europe, a study showed on Wednesday.

Three Danish doctors found widely varying levels of unsaturated fatty acid known as "trans fat" in foods purchased at McDonald's Corp and KFC fast food chains in 20 countries.

Studies show eating 5 grams of the fat per day increases the risk of heart disease by 25 percent.

In the large nuggets and fries meal, the amount of trans fat varied from less than 1 gram in Denmark to more than 10 grams in New York City, according to the research published in this week's New England Journal of Medicine." Full report.