Friday, 19 August 2005

Those Fat, Lying Bastards!

This week seems to be one for news that is news to no-one. The Washington Post this week reported that people don't go to restaurants to eat healthy food.
Like many restaurant chains in the past two years, Ruby Tuesday has discovered that while customers say they want more nutritious choices, they rarely order them. As a result, fast food and casual dining chains — which together account for three out of four U.S. restaurant visits — are slowly going back to what they do best: indulging Americans' taste for high-calorie, high-fat fare.

Of course this is about Americans, but I'm pretty sure it's a universal thing. Healthy you can do at home, but if you're going to pay a lot of money for your dining experience then why hold back on the calories.

One side point: what the bejibbers is "healthful"? I mean I get what it means, but what's wrong with "healthy". I suppose you can get, or someone has gotten, in to all sorts of trouble by saying something's "healthy", whereas "healthful" sort of implies that, used correctly, the product can be part of a healthy lifestyle. It's weaselly at best.

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