Fast food

Guest Post: The poverty of knowledge, not money


Food is too expensive for the poor to buy. McDonalds and KFC are cheaper.


If you only buy at NOSH that might be so, but that is not the norm. Over the last couple of years I have been eating quality cheap food so I have money to spend on other things.

This weekend I went to our local green grocer where they have large bags of mixed veggies for soups and casseroles discounted to $1. 00 for about two kilos. I bought sausages and some pork pieces discounted from the day before – eight sausages and two servings of pork. Total cost $4.50. I then bought two packets of soup mix, and used some herbs from the garden. Total cost $7.50 for ten servings – five of which were sufficient to feed a large male for lunch.

The problem is not the price of food if you shop carefully. It is the loss of cooking skills. That is poverty of knowledge, not money.    Read more »


Health troughers and wowser now wants to ban takeaways and drive throughs

Yet another health trougher has burst into print via a newspaper shilling their work.

This time it is an evil stretch of road that he has decided to demonise because it dares to have 30 fast food outlets on it.

A nutritionist has dubbed a 3km stretch of road featuring more than 30 fast-food options “Heart Attack Alley”.

Lincoln Road in Henderson, West Auckland, offers an astonishing 34 fast-food options, at least 24 of which could be considered unhealthy. This does not include numerous takeaways off the main drag.

And a new development under construction near the Northwestern Motorway will soon offer even more – Texas Chicken, Miami Grill and Mexicali have moved in and developers are advertising spaces for kebab, pizza, noodle, Chinese and Italian food joints, as well as a cafe and bakery.

Nutritionist David Hill described it as a “shocking commentary on our wonderfully developed first-world country”.

“I don’t think it would be going too far to call it Heart Attack Alley – call it what it is. If it’s going to be contributing to people’s blood pressure, size and cholesterol going up then it’s going to cause heart attacks and strokes.”

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Failure of fast food ban on South L.A.

The Doug Sellman’s and Boyd Swinburn’s of this world want sugar taxes, bans on fast food and labelling of what they call “unhealthy” products.

The main problem, apart from their control freak nature, is that they don’t work in combatting obesity.

The evidence is there for all to see.

The national discourse about health and obesity has never been a particularly cordial conversation.

In 2008, it hit a tendentious peak when a ban on new fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles brought the term “food apartheid” to the table. The ordinance, which was implemented in a part of the city that is both disproportionately poor and obese, came as a response to the idea that there are two different systems for accessing food in Los Angeles, one with more limited options in an economically depressed part of the city that is predominantly black and Latino, and the other with more variety in more affluent neighborhoods.

Ban this, block that…no bottle stores near schools, stop fast food joints opening up…never is there a though about personal choice in the matter. Sugar taxes and bans and plain packaging will work they tell us.

Yeah, nah.

[T]he South Los Angeles ban was unprecedented in that it was the first to connect a policy to the obesity epidemic. The ordinance didn’t shutter existing restaurants, but it did block construction of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in an area with 700,000 residents. (That’s a population that, if separated from the rest of Los Angeles, would still make one of the U.S.’s 20 largest cities.) The effort also dovetailed with an initiative to encourage supermarkets and stores with presumably healthier fare to move in.

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NZ Junk food manufacturers in for tough 2015


Companies making ‘junk food’ look as though they’re in for a tough year.

If it wasn’t the Aussie council seeking to ban chips, chocolate and sugary drinks from parks, it is now UK ‘experts’ calling for a ban on junk food adverts.

The usual health experts suspects are calling for bans on junk food TV ads, saying they shouldn’t be aired before 9pm in the hope that parents will stop getting pressured by their kids wanting ‘unhealthy food and sugary drinks’.

The British Heart Foundation is saying ‘seven in ten parents with children aged four to 16 have been pestered by their children to buy junk food they have seen advertised on TV.’    Read more »

Christchurch gunning for fast food in latest assault by health control freaks


Yesterday The Press ran an article about Vicki Buck (former Christchurch City Mayor and now Deputy Mayor) opposing the establishment of any further fast food outlets on Memorial Ave (main
route from airport) on the basis of containing “fat and sugar”.

And yes KFC and McDonalds got a mention.

Christchurch City councillors yesterday discussed banning additional takeaway outlets along Memorial Ave, near Russley Rd, but instead opted to have them pushed further back on sites.

Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck said there was at present no limit on the number of fast food outlets allowed near the airport. She was concerned tourists’ eyes would be assaulted by a lineup of “fat and sugar” as they entered the city.

“I don’t want it to be, ‘Welcome to Christchurch, and here’s McDonald’s and KFC’,” Buck said.

Council senior planner Mark Stevenson said it was possible to create a rule to ban fast food outlets from fronting on to Memorial Ave.

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As tasty as the day it was made…14 years ago

A guy in the US has kept a McDonalds hamburger for 14 years…and it still looks tasty (well as tasty as a maccas burger can look).


A US man has shown off a 14-year-old McDonald’s hamburger that looks the same as the day he bought it.

David Whipple, from Utah, had originally planned to keep the burger for two months in order to show friends how its preservatives would maintain its appearance.

But, after accidentally leaving the product in his pocket for two years, Mr Whipple decided to keep the burger for even longer to see how long it could continue looking normal.  Read more »

Feral cat addicted to McDonald’s requires training to eat normal cat food again

Credit Ben Curran / Fairfax

Credit Ben Curran / Fairfax

A number of us that visit Whaleoil have identified with Cam’s struggles over the years.  It’s because a lot of us have similar ones.  Be they alcoholism, depression, personality disorders, brain chemistry issues, addictions, or what have you.

Some of us have won some battles, some of us slip back again only to fight the same battles again.

What makes Cameron’s struggle so valuable is that it has been in public, and we’ve all been able to root for someone that is deeply flawed.  Just like us.

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Another lefty hypocrite

Iain Lees-Galloway should really stick to running one up stenographers. Instead he has been opening fast food joints while the opposition associate health spokesman.

Of course he could have said something sensible instead he resorted to mealy mouthed weasel words and therefore just showed himself up to be just another lefty hypocrite.

Burger King’s latest store has been opened by Labour’s associate health spokesman Iain Lees-Galloway, but he turned down the opportunity to sample its fare for himself.

Lees-Galloway opened Burger King’s Rangitikei St store yesterday morning, the company’s third in Palmerston North, but the city MP was quick to distance himself from advocating fast food by acknowledging his spokesman position and telling the small crowd he was “pleased to see another business opening in the Manawatu”.

Burger King received 120 applications for 48 positions, working with Work and Income to source some of the workers.

Lees-Galloway was criticised earlier this month by Massey University nutritionist Jane Coad who expressed shock that an associate health spokesman would open a fast-food outlet.

Yesterday he described Burger King’s food as “treat food” and he hoped the business would “get on board” with moves to give people the information they needed to make the “right” choices. “We all have to work together on this.

“Obesity has been on the rise over the last 30 to 40 years and what we’re seeing is a much earlier onset.

“It’s true it’s possible to link that to the availability of high-fat, high-sugar, calorie-dense food. Those are treats basically, treats we should enjoy from time to time, and that’s the kind of thing that you have on offer here. It’s like alcohol, you can use it, misuse it, and abuse it.”

He took the chance to criticise the Government for not adopting a “traffic light” food labelling system.

Beware the Health Commissars

NZ Herald

The Health Commissars are on the march. Now they want to ban legal products from advertising their wares. I expect Cat Pause will protest this though because it discriminates against her beloved fatties:

Health officials worried about an obesity epidemic want fast-food advertising dropped from public property, including bus shelters, and are questioning fast-food and soft-drink sponsorship of public events.

They have also raised concerns over the lack of political power to stop fast-food restaurants being built near schools and in poor areas.

The moves by the Auckland Regional Public Health Service are a return to the healthy-eating principles which drove the national ban on pies in school tuck shops.

The ban was among the last moves of the outgoing Labour Government in 2008. It lasted eight months, then was overturned by the National Government.

And they mirror moves in New York, where mayor Michael Bloomberg has upset the fast-food industry by banning trans-fats and super-size soft drinks.

A Fat Bastard tax. Not a Fat Tax

Herald Sun

A Melbourne council will consider hitting major fast food outlets up to 400 per cent more on their rates in a move backed by dieticians and health groups.

Darebin Council’s move could be followed by other councils concerned about the spread of junk food chains despite warnings about illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.

Darebin councillor Gaetano Greco said council was investigating a rate slug to discourage and penalise major food outlets.

“Councils have the responsibility of looking after the health and wellbeing of their community,” he said yesterday.

“Here we are, looking at an extra tool that council can use to limit or control the spread of fast-food chain outlets,” Mr Greco said.

Tax the person, not the food. Fat bastards are a cost on society, and they should pay their fair share. But don’t introduce a dumb tax system that taxes businesses or food based on stupid people purchasing from them. We will end up with a messy tax system where there are endless arguments over what is a fat food.