Just to point out that this whole weight loss surgery thing isn’t the bed of roses it’s purported to be (as if that were really the case for me!), I’m craving an Entenmann’s cake right now. A whole one. Vanilla. The kind with the dark frosting that lifts off in a chocolaty peel of yummy goodness. It’d probably send me into sugar shock faster than I wrote this blog post. I’m blaming this craving on my sister. She started talking about Entemann’s the other day, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about that beautiful blue and white box. Gotta stay away from that supermarket end cap or 201.8 will be a fading memory…
If McDonald’s is the Devil, as I’ve said before, then what’s Burger King? Scarier than Godzilla, if their latest creation is any indication.
As if the leaking radiation from the damaged Fukashima Daiichi nuclear power plant isn’t enough to kill the poor Japanese, Burger King has just launched a massive, 1,160 calorie, 820 Yen ($9.81) Meat Monster Whopper in the Pacific Rim nation. The Meat Monster is made of two burgers, a chicken patty, three bacon strips and two cheese slices, stuffed into a standard, sugary fast food bun. Oh yeah, they toss on some lettuce and tomato too. Need to make sure the Japanese get their fiber. The whole thing adds up to more than 60 grams of fat and 2,300 milligrams of sodium.
So much for the healthful, low-fat Japanese diet. Burger King is clearly rooting for obesity to take their country by storm, just like in the United States. Gotta grow the business internationally, right?
And the Toronto Star says the chain is breaking a 2007 promise to lower trans fats in its meals. Or maybe not – the Meat Monster isn’t available to our friends in the Northern Territories. No word on whether it’s coming to our shores anytime soon.
I’ve said it before. Food can be addictive, and obesity isn’t necessarily a sign of weak-mindedness. Finally, there’s some scientific proof. An new Yale University study shows that so-called ‘food addicts’ show similar brain activity to other substance abusers. But don’t take my word for it. Here are some links to the study and related news reports:
Neural Correlates of Food Addiction, Archives of General Psychiatry, 4/4/2011
Food Addiction May Have Impact on the Brain, WebMD, 4/5/2011
Can people be addicted to food?, CBS News, 4/5/2011
Food May Be Addicting for Some, The Wall Street Journal, 4/5/11
Also, here’s a link to Google News, which lists additional articles on the topic.
So, the evidence is mounting that food can be addictive. It’s also the only addictive substance that we can’t actually live without. Recovering alcoholics can abstain from alcohol. Cocaine or heroine addicts in recovery can avoid drugs. But food addicts? We’ve still got to eat. It’s inherently unfair, ain’t it?