This Is Why You’re Fat: Cheesecake Factory Edition

One of my favorite twitter people, Linda Marshall, sent me these shots from a Yahoo post and I was horrified.  I’ve done a lot of reading about the food industry this past year and one of the things I learned is that the Cheesecake Factory (among others) employs chemists and nutritionists to come up with ways to make food taste better.

David Kessler’s brilliant book, “The End of Overeating,” talks about the layering of flavors; fat, salt and sugar.  Basically the more layers you can get of the three the better.  The  Cheesecake Factory has been better than most at implementing this idea which has resulted in the following …

I can’t even fathom 2,800+ calories in one meal.  I wonder how many people a day polish this off without even thinking about it.  You’re average 175 pound male needs about 2,300 calories per day to maintain his weight, this is blasting past this by 1/4 of a pound and we’re not even talking about drinks or bread sticks!

What is even worse, and frankly reprehensible, is the children’s dish …

Seriously?  More calories than 40 Chicken McNuggets!  My head is reeling.  Why do they think this ok?  I’m sure the vast majority of people eating these dishes wouldn’t come close to being accurate about the calories they’re ingesting.

So thanks Linda for letting me know and please spread the word about these awful dishes.  This is a perfect example of food industry greed over the welfare of the community they serve.

The 20 Fittest Cities in America

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has compiled theirannual Top 10 list of the fittest cities in America and I’m proud to say I live in #3, Boston!  Here’s the list …

  • Minneapolis / St. Paul
  • Washington, DC
  • Boston
  • Portland, OR
  • Denver
  • San Francisco
  • Hartford
  • Seattle
  • Virginia Beach
  • Sacramento
  • San Jose
  • Richmond
  • San Diego
  • Cincinnati
  • Salt Lake City
  • Austin / Round Rock
  • Pittsburgh
  • Atlanta
  • Providence
  • Baltimore

To see the entire list, go here (it’s a PDF) and scroll down to page eight.

This is an annual study conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine that compiles an American Fitness Index which looks at personal health, community, and environmental factors.

I can tell you that in Boston we have a combination of the Emerald Necklace, a string of parks that ring the city, as well as our crown jewel, the Charles River and its park called the Esplanade, which has beautiful vistas and lots of trails.  We also skew younger as a city which inherently means we’re more active.  I love living here for just those reasons; that and we’re only minutes from ocean beaches and a couple hours drive to the mountains.  This really is a cool place to be.

There are lots of factors people look at when they are choosing where to live, but what if where you lived could actually affect your longevity, or your kid’s longevity?  Would that make you think twice about where to purchase a home?

Our environment does have a lot to do with how we interact with the world.  I’d much rather be looking at some lovely trees than a concrete jungle.  How does where you live make you feel?  I’ve already talked about how working out outdoors can lift your mood.

Let me know you’re thoughts,