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Combo meal deals and price discounts on fast food encourage us to eat more junk. It’s time for policy action

Australians love to eat out, especially fast food. About a third of household food budgets are spent on food prepared outside the home, with most of us consuming it on average two or three times a week.

The high level of fast food consumption in Australia is a serious health concern. Accordingly, the marketing tactics of the fast food industry warrant close attention.

Our new study, published today, examined the price promotions offered by the biggest fast food chains in Australia.

We found the “combination meal deals” and “limited time” offers from the major chains provide strong

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It’s Time to Relearn How to Have Work Drinks

When Michelle Marks went out for drinks with her co-workers one weeknight in late May, the group, giddy at finally gathering together, celebrated for about four hours.

“We closed out the place,” says the 32-year-old plant pathologist from Columbia, Md. “We ended up just chatting and we ordered pizza, played a few board games…It was just really, really nice.”

As excited as Ms. Marks, who started her current job a month before Covid-19 lockdowns, was to take part in this office-life fixture and just be out with others again socially, she didn’t plunge in with abandon. She stuck to her

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Now is the time to support healthy school meals for all Iowa kids

Lunch at Kirkwood Elementary School in Coralville in 2013. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

I am a retired school food service director and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the largest organization of nutrition professionals in the country. Every day we see the negative impact of poor nutrition on children. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, most children’s diets fell short of dietary recommendations for good health. Now more than ever, as our country recovers from the pandemic, the nutrition of our children must be a top priority. As Congress plans to reauthorize vital child nutrition programs, it is imperative to

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Is it time to junk the junk food advertising ban?

In April of last year, Boris Johnson was hospitalised with the coronavirus. At the time of admittance, the then 55-year-old stood out among the typical septuagenarian or older demographic filling our hospitals. Besides age, it began to emerge that one risk factor making an individual susceptible to Covid-19 was obesity. Suddenly the nation’s waistline fell under the microscope. Since leaving hospital, the Prime Minister appears to have had what alcoholics tend to call “a moment of clarity”. He has accepted the fact that he is overweight. The once-boyish Boris is now 57 and he looks his age. So this former

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Dessert Pies: Limited Time Offerings and Classic Favorites

Variety is the spice of life. And Papa C Pies certainly subscribes to that philosophy, offering more than a dozen and a half dessert pies (not to mention savory options and other desserts). But sometimes too many choices can leave a person reeling from decision fatigue. Let us help narrow it down for you with three classic bestseller favorites and two dessert pies that will be gone very soon.

Our in-house-made pretzel crust is filled with a light cream, lime juice and zest, and a splash of Tequila and Triple Sec. Salty, creamy, sour and sweet, the margarita pie hits

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The conscious sip: Your drink impacts the planet more than you realise. It’s time for sustainable cocktails

Do you ever think about the environment when you order that Bloody Mary? Or wonder what your carbon footprint might be as you sip on a frozen Margarita? Or even pause to question how harmful your cocktail may be for the planet? Well, if you don’t, you’re not alone. But it is time to start.

Because, well, the way you choose to drink does impact the planet.

It begins right from the process of distilling to packaging and shipping. Every step has

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Michelle Obama on her Netflix show and new healthy food initiative: “There’s still plenty of time to do some good”

Part II of Gayle King’s interview with former first lady Michelle Obama. You can catch Part I by clicking here.


“If you want to be great chefs, you have to learn about all kinds of different foods.”

That’s just one of the messages behind Michelle Obama’s Netflix show, “Waffles +Mochi.” The series teaches kids the value of healthy eating, and features key themes of diversity and inclusion, as puppets Waffles and Mochi travel the globe and learn about new culinary traditions.

Along the way, Waffles and Mochi are guided by their mentor, a supermarket manager, played by – you guessed

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Caffeine: How to use it and what time to stop drinking it for better sleep

Maybe your habit extends to a cup of coffee in the afternoon, or you have a soda with your dinner.

And maybe as a result, you laid in bed awake later thinking of where you went wrong instead of getting needed sleep.

Rob M. van Dam, a researcher in epidemiology and nutrition from the National University of Singapore, explains when to wisely consume caffeine, what qualifies as too much and what to know about why it affects each of us differently.

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

CNN: How do we know when it’s time to stop

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