Saturday, June 25, 2011

Saturday Stories

Menu board calories impact on consumer choice whether they like it or not.

Are the days of good food reporting numbered?

The backstory behind the great success of the Meatless Mondays campaign.

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  1. Yoni, you've finally shown me a good use of calorie information! Yay!! Wasn't sure it could ever be done. :) Different from the usual, though, this use appears to be removing the onus from individual choice (although that's what is scaring restauranteurs) and instead motivating change on the part of food suppliers. Which, as I think we agree, is one -- and likely a big -- part of the complex nature of struggles with weight today. Encouraging! Thanks as always for your great posts. And hope you're feeling well today.

  2. Thanks Marsha! Am feeling pretty good.

    At the risk of opening a can of worms, if we agree that the calories in the foods supplied in restaurants are likely a big part of the complex struggles with weight today, why then would encouraging patients to consider calories, and for the sake of this question, just restaurant calories, prior to their consumption, be something you wouldn't think useful?

    And just to ensure clarity, my definition of consideration doesn't mean blind, judgmental restriction, just conscious thoughtful consideration, just as they might consider price?


  3. Interesting article in LA Times. Chances of legislation like it being introduced here in the UK? Well, I'm not holding my breath!

    Thought readers might be interested in this from NEJM:

    Changes in Diet and Lifestyle and Long-Term Weight Gain in Women and Men (link below)

    Not had chance to read it fully yet, and I'm trying to work out if it says anything new.

    The following paper made the news here in the UK this week:

    (Reversal of type 2 diabetes: normalisation of beta cell function in association with decreased pancreas and liver triacylglycerol. Or Early Stage Diabetes Reversible With Two Month 600 Calorie Per Day Diet)

  4. Much as I adore the authors of the NEJM article, the issue of correlation and causality plagues the paper.

    Best commentary I've seen on it thus far was Irfan Dhalla's who stated,

    "The secret to weight loss is out - eat nuts with your beer!"