According to an investigator with the United Nations, unhealthy diets pose a greater risk to global health than cigarettes and governments should move fast to tax harmful food products.
Olivier de Schutter, special rapporteur on right to food, that governments should launch negotiations on a global pact to tackle the obesity epidemic.
“Unhealthy diets are now a greater threat to global health than tobacco. Just as the world came together to regulate the risks of tobacco, a bold framework convention on adequate diets must now be agreed,”
Two years ago, in another report to the rights council, de Schutter called for similar action, encouraging governments to tax unhealthy products, regulate fats and sugars, crack down on advertising for junk food, and rethink agricultural subsidies that make unhealthy food cheaper. But apparently nothing happened and people just kept eating.
“It has been two years since my report on nutrition and the right to food, and ten years since the World Health Organization (WHO) launched its Global Strategy on Diet Physical Activity and Health,” he said. “Yet obesity continues to advance—and diabetes, heart disease and other health complications along with it. The warning signs are not being heard.”
Will anything change this time around? Probably not, but Consumers International and the World Obesity Federation are on WHO’s side, of the food industry. The two organizations said governments around the world should impose compulsory rules for the food and drink industry, similar to tobacco regulations. These rules could include pictures on food packaging of damage caused by obesity (similar to those on cigarette packets), reducing the levels of salt, saturated fat and sugar in food, improving food served in hospitals and schools, imposing stricter advertising controls, and educating the public about healthy eating.
Apparently global deaths due to obesity and general fatness rose from 2.6 million in 2005 to 3.4 million in 2010. Still, are fatty foods really worse than cigarettes? Just think of that awful stale cigarette smell… then again, a 500lbs man with Taco Bell gas probably smells just as bad. Verdict: it’s a tie.
After a customer posted a review on Urban Spoon demanding the servers show more skin, the Atomic Grill in Morgantown, West Virginia decided to give the customer what he wanted: more skin.
You want more skin? I’ll give you more skin… potato skins…
The restaurant by offering a potato skin special for $7, and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the .
“It was brutish. I was upset. I’m a father of a 12-year-old girl and I’ve got five sisters,” McCawley said. “The way that women are treated is pretty personal as far as I’m concerned.”
The post on Urban Spoon has been removed, but the Atomic Grill hopes the potato skin special educates people, raises awareness, and makes the anonymous reviewer look like an even bigger dick.
“If you have a minute, have some potato skins, try some fresh, local barbecue and give to a good cause. It’s important to us, it should be important to the community,” McCawley said.
And if potato skins aren’t enough skin for you, take a drive over to Hooters. Instead of potato skins and donations to rape crisis centers, Hooters offers scantily clad servers and rape jokes. On Saturday, a rape joke showed up on Hooters’ official Facebook page with the caption “EXHIBIT A: The proof that she was asking for it your Honour”.
After the restaurant was called out for the offensive joke, Hooters claimed their Facebook page was hacked and quickly took the picture down. But since the photo isn’t too far off from the kind of pictures the restaurant usually posts, you’re probably better off eating at the Atomic Grill.
McDonald’s Has Some Great Advice For Employees: Return Holiday Gifts to Get Out Of Debt And Stop Complaining
McDonald’s knows how hard it is for employees to make ends meet – they’ve seen their $7.25 an hour paychecks. So the fast food giant set up a help website for McDonald’s employees called McResource.
The website posted a few screenshots from the McResource site, which offers the following tips to employees:
- You may want to also consider returning some of your unopened purchases that may not seem as appealing as they did.
- Selling some of your unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist could bring in some quick cash.
- Breaking food into smaller pieces often results in eating less and still feeling full.
- Stop complaining. Stress hormones rise by 15% after 10 minutes of complaining.
- At least two vacations a year can cut heart attack risk by 50%.
So can avoiding McDonald’s food – even if you do chop it up into smaller deep-fried pieces. Anyways, I’ve gotten more useful information from my cats, but McDonald’s is sticking to its McResource advice.
“This is an attempt by an outside organization to undermine a well-intended employee assistance resource website by taking isolated portions out of context,” a McDOnald’s spokeswoman wrote. “The McResource website has helped countless employees by providing them with a variety of information and resources on topics ranging from health and wellness to stress and financial management.”
McDonald’s was also criticized earlier this year for the sample budget it provided to employees which suggested picking up a second job and making do without heat. But at least they haven’t set up an employee food drive for their own employees… Walmart.
Times are tough for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his Ford Nation.
Just one day after having his mayoral powers stripped by the Toronto City Council, Sun News Network cancelled his reality show Ford Nation after just one episode. Ford Nation’s debut episode (and I guess the series finale) aired on Monday night and featured the crack-smoking mayor and his brother Doug, who sits on the city council. The hour long show was basically just the Fords going back and forth about the media’s obsession with the mayor and his crack-smoking, p*ssy eating, drunk-driving ways. But even that was not enough to draw more than 155,000 viewers and Ford Nation was quickly sacked.