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Junk Food

A Nutritionist's Guide to National Junk Food Day

Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS

Although I'm not endorsing a steady diet of circus peanuts and cheez whiz, I think it's okay to eat something that's not particularly nutritious purely for the pleasure of it. But if you're going to indulge, be sure to make it count.

Supernormal Stimuli: This Is Your Brain on Porn, Junk Food, and the Internet

Gregory Ciotti | Posted 07.18.2014 | Science
Gregory Ciotti

Are sources of superstimulation like junk food and porn more likely to hook us into bad habits? It is certainly a very muddy topic, but it's a question that I believe deserves investigating. After all, we've become increasingly surrounded by stimulation that wasn't available even a few years ago.

Did I Miss the Summer Camp Junk Food Consent Form?

Caron Gremont | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Caron Gremont

It's time our summer camps, like our schools, step up and be part of the solution, not the problem, and support the efforts of families to give our children a strong and healthy start to life.

Europeans Taste-Test America's Trashiest Snacks

Thrillist | Posted 07.10.2014 | Taste
Thrillist

Europeans laugh at (and remain perplexed by) some of the crap we eat on a daily basis.

Why the Food Industry Is Running Scared of Internet Activism

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 07.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Bettina Elias Siegel

Unfortunately for food companies, the Internet genie is out of the bottle and there's no turning back. So instead of commissioning studies that demonize the Internet, social media and/or "moms with food fears," food companies should take to heart the one simple lesson to be gleaned from the many recent successes in Internet food activism: Consumers want transparency.

Top 7 Most Addictive Unhealthy Foods

BuiltLean | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
BuiltLean

The foods on this list are calorie-dense, lack nutritional value, and can be addictive. While most of us indulge in these foods every once in a while, if you find yourself constantly craving these addictive foods, consider writing down the situations when you start craving them.

The Case For Letting Your Child Eat Junk Food Once In A While

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents

This mom is challenging conventional wisdom about healthy eating in a big way. Charlotte Markey, a health psychology professor at Rutgers Universi...

Artist Explores The Tantalizing Beauty Of Cheetos And Donut Holes

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts

Close your eyes and imagine a tranquil landscape in full bloom. The sky is blue, the grass is green, wildflowers sprout from all corners of the earth....

Does It Have to Be Hard to Be Healthy?

Christina Pirello | Posted 06.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Christina Pirello

I was reading an article in Elle magazine the other day, and I came across an article that pitted two experts on obesity against each other in their o...

We Have the 'Cure' for Obesity, But Is the Pill Too Difficult to Swallow?

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Bettina Elias Siegel

When you read about one in 10 kids facing the possibility of a liver transplant due solely to the unhealthful American diet, you really do have to wonder: Where on earth is the tipping point?

Whitewashed: How Industry and Government Promote Dairy Junk Foods

Michele Simon | Posted 06.18.2014 | Food
Michele Simon

The dairy industry, propped up by government, has convinced us of the health benefits of milk and other dairy products. But the context of how people consume dairy matters.

Conveniently Healthy

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel J. Schultz

If we can use food processing, marketing and engineering to create the ideal Dr. Pepper, I believe we can also use these tools to help people eat healthy. Instead of asking for large changes, let's meet people where they are and make healthy eating a daily reality whatever way possible.

You Can Chew It. You Can Swallow It. But Is It Food?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Despite thinking at first that warning labels might go too far, I wound up realizing they wouldn't go nearly far enough. Junk should never have been glorified as a food group in the first place.

Study Shows Food Advergames Entice Kids to Overeat

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

We're all quite impulsive when it comes to food, and even more so when it comes to high-reward foods. Kids are even more vulnerable, and kids with higher impulsivity are a great target audience for advertisers. All the more reason to try and limit kids' exposure to these ads.

These "Americans" Are Trying McDonalds For The First Time Ever

Barstool Sports | Posted 05.08.2014 | Weird News

I was under the impression you couldn’t be a legal US citizen unless you crushed Big Macs on the regular. To NEVER have it? Not once? I ‘m not ...

The Ups and Downs of Being On or Off a Diet

Gregg McBride | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

Even though very young, I realized that being "on" the diet that my parents prescribed was very different than when I was "off" of it.

The Saddest Job in the World

Mark Morford | Posted 06.16.2014 | Food
Mark Morford

I believe there's a special place in purgatory reserved for people who create, track, heartily defend and then barely enjoy the sidelong profits from the dregs of American fast food.

Walking in Vegas

John Brown | Posted 06.10.2014 | Comedy
John Brown

I was in Vegas for the first time about a decade ago, to attend (by kind invitation) the opening of a sexhibition -- sorry, exhibition -- of Impressionist paintings from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg at the Venetian Resort/Hotel/Casino.

Severe Obesity? Let 'Em Eat Kale!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We need to reorient our cultural attitude about obesity so it is not an excuse to argue the respective merits of personal responsibility and public policy. Rather, if we are to fix it at its origins, we need to acknowledge that people who are empowered are most capable, and most inclined, to exercise responsibility.

21 Food Times You Knew You Were A Teenager

The Huffington Post | Taste Editors | Posted 03.27.2014 | Taste

If you could eat like a teenager again, would you?

Dump Your Doritos, Fritos and Cheetos! There's No Excuse for Eating Junk Food Anymore

Jill S. Brown | Posted 05.24.2014 | Los Angeles
Jill S. Brown

If you never have cravings for salty or savory snack foods, then you can stop reading right now. But if you're mostly human, there are times when you stop by a convenience store or vending machine and those bags of chips look awfully appetizing.

Confessions of a Teenage Foodie

Susan Kaufman | Posted 05.20.2014 | College
Susan Kaufman

College has taught me how easy it is to resort to unhealthy snacks when the dining hall dinner just isn't cutting it.

Convenience Stores: C Is for Conundrum

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Is it possible to save our teens from the adverse health impacts of sugary drink consumption without destroying the livelihood of the C-store shopkeeper? What kind of transformation of the C-store would be needed for this to happen?

Contradictory Media Messages About Nutrition Confuse People: Is Anyone Surprised?

Mary Bradley | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Bradley

It's not only wine, fish, coffee and vitamins where confusion reigns. We all have our nutritional issues that bamboozle and leave the most health conscious among us wanting answers.

What Are The Olympics Teaching Your Kids About Food?

Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD

What's the message of these ads? That if you eat enough Chicken McNuggets you'll become a Olympian? That taking a bite of fast food is somehow as thrilling as receiving the highest athletic honor awarded on an international stage?