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(Mother Nature Network)   Not content with forcing restaurants to display the number of calories in its meals, new study suggests Americans would also benefit from a graphic of a traffic light to indicate how healthy each plate is   (mnn.com) divider line 24
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2013-03-16 11:27:29 AM
6 votes:
Huh. There must be some hidden language in the article talking about the government passing new regulations, similar to those hidden messages on road signs that are designed to help the UN invade America. To my eyes, this article was talking about some scientists suggesting that since caloric numbers are already required on labels, it might be a good idea to also include some sort of summarizing graphic that summarizes the information at a glance.  Like lot of labels already do, actually. It terrifies me that there are sinister entities communicating secretly to each other through seemingly innocuous web articles. Guess it's time to buy another gun.
2013-03-16 11:26:30 AM
4 votes:
How about putting a scale of 1 to 4 Hoverounds next to each menu item, like they do with chili peppers for spicy dishes?
2013-03-16 12:50:28 PM
2 votes:
www.nhpco.org
2013-03-16 11:48:53 AM
2 votes:

Alphax: You know, that's not a bad idea.

I'm guessing that Wendy's Baconator will trigger a red light, but I'll have one on occasion anyway.




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I'd go to the red light food district to get face deep in her baconator anytime.
2013-03-16 08:45:41 AM
2 votes:
Homeland Security's version:

sadhillnews.com
2013-03-16 03:36:03 PM
1 votes:
Uhm, doesn't food come color coded in general? Meat is red, green stuff is green. This will be as effective as common sense.
2013-03-16 01:22:44 PM
1 votes:

FirstNationalBastard: Hey, weren't all these regulations and laws and taxes just WONDERFUL when they were only targeting the nasty old smokers?

You farkers asked for it. Enjoy!


"The Slippery Slope" does not exist, fascist.  One thing never leads to another, and changes are never cumulative, and the frog always jumps out of the slowly warming water because snopes and obama.
2013-03-16 01:15:00 PM
1 votes:
FirstNationalBastard is my new idol.

I mean, they gotta do something. Folks don't learn. I've never seen so many fat folks in my life and the number of chubby kids is just appalling.

The diet business has exploded. Grocery stores have these enormous sections of diet food. (Less ingredients, higher price.) Though, as one side pushes for people to stop chowing down like pigs at the trough, the other side (usually the restaurants) are busily developing these high calorie foods that taste so darn good -- and are so bad for you.

Then there's those TV shows which feature places serving up truck sized hamburgers, hotdogs buried under a ton of chili and sauces, steaks that require two servers to haul them in and the guys who constantly look for new things to dip in batter and deep fry.

Like candy bars, ice cream and bread.

We use so much grease and oil in the restaurant business that an entire, secondary industry has formed using the old stuff to make biofuels and soaps.

Hauling away the stuff was once paid for by the restaurants. Now, grease recyclers fight each other and pay the restaurant to take their cast-offs.

I wear a medium T-shirt. Going to buy new ones has gotten to be a pain in the arse. The racks are piled high with small, large, XL, XXL and XXXL. (I think a new size: WHALE is coming.)

Growing up, I saw very few fat folks on the streets but then again, we didn't have fast food places on nearly every corner. The frozen food sections of the grocery stores were not packed with microwave meals. Nor did we have entire aisles of crunchy snacks. (Frito-Lay had not been thought of yet.) TV was not full of commercials promoting assorted burger joints and kid's meals.

Folks will not listen.

I watched part of a game show the other night. Ten people. Five on each team. Two of the ten were thin. Everyone else ranged from plump to fat. Four were Registered Nurses and they were fat.

I'm starting to hate going to Wal-Mart. You can be nearly flabbed to death there and they need to make the aisles wider because the shoppers are wider. Going to the deli can make me hysterical as a sea of flab just crashes against the glass display cases and pudgy hands and arms are grabbing for bags heavily packed with greasy foods.

I keep expecting to come upon the picked clean bones of some skinny guy, discarded under a rack of XXL clothing after having gotten between fat folks and their chilled racks of packaged deli food.

The style for young women at the mall seems to be tight jeans -- with a wide arse --, tank top -- over the muffin top, and hair pulled back into a knot at the back of the head. The extra flab draws the muscles of their faces down, so they look perpetually pi$$ed.

The same with guys. Just add baseball caps glued to their heads, knee length shorts from the past century and big sneakers. Also, huge, baggy Sports Jersey's.

There's almost always some guy over 6 feet tall, nearly as wide, stumping along and you get out of his way because you just know something that heavy takes awhile to stop.

However, you can't rag on these people like you did smokers. You might hurt their feelings, violate their civil rights and restrict their freedoms.

Hey! Isn't that what YOU did to smokers?
2013-03-16 12:46:54 PM
1 votes:

Ima4nic8or: Jesus F'ing Christ. That is one elitist coont. My poor, non-professor, simple brain needs simple info, especially since I have never before seen calorie information. Oh wait, I think I have seen such info since at least the 1980s. Perhaps not on restaurant menus but on plenty of other labels.


And what about the colorblind?  Are we going to just sit here letting them eat their red-labeled tub of lard?

This system is prejudiced.
2013-03-16 12:41:02 PM
1 votes:
Why not just have a cartoon couple throughout the menu.  When the meal is healthy the couple is in shape and as it gets more unhealthy they get fatter until on the really bad ones they die from heart attacks.
2013-03-16 12:04:40 PM
1 votes:
This won't help. Heck, they changed crosswalk signals from the words "Walk" and "Don't Walk" to universal symbols for walk and don't walk and people have trouble understanding that.

What they need is a Sam Kinison impersonator in every restaurant to loudly berate anyone ordering a Super Duper Nacho Cheese and acon covered Blooming Onion
2013-03-16 11:57:06 AM
1 votes:

ExpressPork: insano: You have to read between the lines like subby. He knows what this article is really saying; It's a call to arms! See, first there are graphics summarizing the nutritional content of foods, next Obummer is telling you what you can and can't eat, next they're stealing your babies in the middle of the night to be raised in food awareness indoctrination camps where they eat only tofu and bulger wheat and recite nutritional labels.

You are right to purchase a firearm.

The reason us "loonies" on the right get upset over this type of thing is that we're not idiots and we can see what it will eventually become.  You're incredibly ignorant if you don't understand what the "affordable care act" will allow the government to do and what it implies.  It will eventually be the left's argument that the ironically named "affordable care act" gives them license to tell you what you can eat, how much you must exercise, if you're allowed to participate in "extreme" sports, if you're allowed toride a motorcycle and if so, how much you're allowed to drive it.  It will never end.  You're naive if you don't see it coming.
Furthermore, if there is a Government entity that runs efficiently I dont know of it.  You put the same people in charge of the DMV in charge of your health.  By the time you're elderly you will be filling out a 27B-stroke-6 if you want to take an aspirin.


Dude, next time preface your post with a "not safe for brains", or something.  I read it unknowingly, and now I have a nosebleed.
2013-03-16 11:52:12 AM
1 votes:

insano: You have to read between the lines like subby. He knows what this article is really saying; It's a call to arms! See, first there are graphics summarizing the nutritional content of foods, next Obummer is telling you what you can and can't eat, next they're stealing your babies in the middle of the night to be raised in food awareness indoctrination camps where they eat only tofu and bulger wheat and recite nutritional labels.

You are right to purchase a firearm.


The reason us "loonies" on the right get upset over this type of thing is that we're not idiots and we can see what it will eventually become.  You're incredibly ignorant if you don't understand what the "affordable care act" will allow the government to do and what it implies.  It will eventually be the left's argument that the ironically named "affordable care act" gives them license to tell you what you can eat, how much you must exercise, if you're allowed to participate in "extreme" sports, if you're allowed toride a motorcycle and if so, how much you're allowed to drive it.  It will never end.  You're naive if you don't see it coming.
Furthermore, if there is a Government entity that runs efficiently I dont know of it.  You put the same people in charge of the DMV in charge of your health.  By the time you're elderly you will be filling out a 27B-stroke-6 if you want to take an aspirin.
2013-03-16 11:44:14 AM
1 votes:

BitwiseShift: Restaurant grading has been around since the 60s.

Antiregulators will only be happy when not even the prices appear on the menu.

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sadly not around here 8-(
Here it's the luck of the draw - every man for himself.
Subby, you do realize the US isn't #1 in literacy anymore right?
we've devolved into pict-o-grams - again *sigh*
2013-03-16 11:42:14 AM
1 votes:
So if your meal is a 'Yellow Light', do you speed up or slow down?

What if the fatty at the table next to you runs a 'Red Light' meal?
2013-03-16 11:36:23 AM
1 votes:
Good lord.  Requiring calorie information is fine.  I look at it when I'm at restaurants, sometimes I'm surprised by the amount of calories in a dish and it occasionally affects my order.

This is just insulting, though.  There's a big difference between being expected to provide consumers with information and providing them with a cartoonish value judgment.
2013-03-16 11:36:05 AM
1 votes:
Wait, so fast food is "bad" for you now?!

I can't keep up with all scientific mumbo-jumbo. Please help us Federal Government, you're our only hope.
2013-03-16 11:33:15 AM
1 votes:

Pocket Ninja: Huh. There must be some hidden language in the article talking about the government passing new regulations, similar to those hidden messages on road signs that are designed to help the UN invade America. To my eyes, this article was talking about some scientists suggesting that since caloric numbers are already required on labels, it might be a good idea to also include some sort of summarizing graphic that summarizes the information at a glance.  Like lot of labels already do, actually. It terrifies me that there are sinister entities communicating secretly to each other through seemingly innocuous web articles. Guess it's time to buy another gun.


Good choice. Guns are low in fat, and contain almost no cholesterol.
2013-03-16 11:30:43 AM
1 votes:
Considering how many Farkers whine about missing 'NSFW" tags because "not safe for work" is too complicated for them, I can understand the reasoning for this idea.
2013-03-16 11:29:50 AM
1 votes:

Snarfangel: Homeland Security's version:

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I've waited over five years to need this again...

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\God that was a fun postseason....
2013-03-16 11:28:51 AM
1 votes:

Majick Thise: It would certainly save the guesswork in finding the worst one


FirstNationalBastard: Hey, weren't all these regulations and laws and taxes just WONDERFUL when they were only targeting the nasty old smokers?

You farkers asked for it. Enjoy!

Second hand frenchfry grease is a killer... KILLER I say!


I love the secondhand smoke argument.  Thank God we also banned automotive and industrial pollutants, as well as potentially carcinogenic food preservatives and insecticides.  Now no one will ever get cancer from environmental toxins.
2013-03-16 11:24:49 AM
1 votes:
Have we as Americans really become so .... I can't even think of the word(s) to describe it ... stupid? that we have to color code EVERYTHING?

If it has 4 patties, 3 layers of cheese, and 40,000 fries, IT'S PROBABLY NOT GOOD FOR YOU.
2013-03-16 09:49:00 AM
1 votes:

FirstNationalBastard: Hey, weren't all these regulations and laws and taxes just WONDERFUL when they were only targeting the nasty old smokers?

You farkers asked for it. Enjoy!


But it's for the good of the stat...er...society.
2013-03-16 09:31:28 AM
1 votes:
Too complicated and confusing.

We need one graphic of a weeping hyperobese pig getting his feet amputated 'cause the 'beetus and one graphic of a smiling Jack LaLanne getting a handy from a leotard-clad Body By Jake.
 
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