TV’s boozing imperative, comparing obesity and smoking, fatty meal fetishes

TV’s boozing imperative, comparing obesity and smoking, fatty meal fetishes

Bacon and fudge danish breakfast sandwich from Thisiswhyyourefat.com (Submitted by Torleif Ceder) 

• Food porn Web site
thisiswhyyourefat.com is pioneering a new generation of gastronomic infatuation. The site features such unlikely (and unappetizing) stars as the bacon-wrapped mac-and-cheese meat loaf and the Krispy Kreme bacon cheddar cheeseburger. [Globe and Mail]

• Dead weight might be a killer after all. A European study shows that teenage obesity may be as lethal as cigarette smoking. So does that mean they’ll be putting bloated bellies on Twinkie packages? [New York Times]

• The Sex and the City cosmopolitan craze has had a trickle-down effect of another kind. Research shows that watching small-screen stars down spiked drinks spurs the craving for alcohol. [CBC]

• As the economic downturn deepens, nickel-and-diming at food shops is becoming a new reality for many families, says Loblaw chief Allan Leighton. Looks like Mark McEwan’s new upscale grocery store will have a tough start. [Reuters]

• Taking a dip never tasted so good. The major American fondue franchise Melting Pot plans rapid expansion into Canada, with goo-peddling restaurants to open in Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto. [PR Newswire]