Here's a study result you might have seen coming: Children who eat at restaurants consume more calories and fat, regardless of whether those restaurants are fast food or full service, according to a new study published Monday in the medical journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
Pediatric public health experts have long been concerned about kids' love affair with fast food, which they say is a major contributor to our nation’s obesity epidemic. Children dine at fast-food restaurants far too often, they say, and when they do, they consume too many calories and drink too much sugary soda.
That's from an article by Jon Bardin (Los Angeles Times). I don't find that surprising. I doubt most will. As Bardin notes, it's common sense. As a general rule, when you're out of the house, you're going to eat more. At the family table? You know what everything tastes like and, hopefully, it's healthy (or "dull" as some of my kids called vegetables). Eating out means new things, new cooks, new ways to have food, new things to try. And you want the kid to eat, you don't want a battle, so you can easily go along with something you wouldn't go for in your own home.
Staying on food, there's an interesting article by Susan Dibble (Daily Herald) on Thanksgiving:
The first feast celebrated by the Pilgrims and American Indians in 1621 is shrouded in myth, but New England did give us Thanksgiving, Bingham said. The Puritans rejected Christmas as a pageant holiday, leaving room for Thanksgiving to gain a strong foothold.
“We need holidays so there was a big push for a fall holiday,” she said.
The first national Thanksgiving was proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Presidents had to declare Thanksgiving on an annual basis after that until Thanksgiving was made a legal holiday in the 1940s.
During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the story of the first Thanksgiving became an expression of American ideals.
“It was partly a way of Americanizing a huge number of immigrants quickly,” Bingham said.
Cookbooks of the period were directive — telling what should be served at Thanksgiving as well as how the meal should be prepared. Thanksgiving dinners in the late 19th and early 20th century were elaborate and often included courses of nuts, fruit and cheese at the end of the meal, Bingham said.
So there's food talk for those starving for a topic other than the election. I'm now going to go see what happened. I know from a neighbor that Scott Brown lost as our senator and we have Elizabeth Warren. Help us. Help us all.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Tuesday: