If you’re a ShowTime subscriber, I highly recommend you watch the latest episode of the Penn & Teller series Bull@#$%! They already took on the obesity epidemic a season or two ago, and this time they took on the bias against fast food. Here’s a clip:
It’s not my public style to call MeMe Roth a @#$%ing skinny-@$$ fat-hating snob who should just #$%@ off, but believe me, I’ve thought it plenty of times, and I laughed out loud hearing Penn just come out and say it.
That bit of deliciousness aside, they also demonstrated how merely knowing that a meal came from a fast-food restaurant can influence the perception of how it tastes and how many calories it contains. If anything, they proved what I pointed out in Fat Head: people know fast food is high in calories. They don’t need to be told, and they’re not — despite what the @#$%ing skinny-@$$ fat-hating snob who should just #$%@ off believes — eating the stuff because they’re stupid.
Richard Nikoley wrote more about the episode and did some of his own fast-food analysis in his latest post at Free The Animal.
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