Thursday, July 07, 2011

Culinary tourism: a reflection of the destination's culture

"Culinary tourism doesn't just mean travelling to sample food at high-end restaurants; it's about enjoying the food that represents a region. 'Food reflects the destination's culture,' according to Dr. Steve Smith, a professor at the University of Waterloo who specializes in tourism with a particular love and interest in culinary travel."

Fat babies at risk to become obese adults

“'A lot of conventional thinking has been that a big baby is a healthy baby,' said Leann Birch, director of the Center for Childhood Obesity Research at Pennsylvania State University, who chaired the 14-member panel that issued the 140-page report. 'What’s happened over the past decade or so is that the evidence has been building that early overweight or early rapid weight gain places kids at risk for later obesity.'”

Calorie labels on restaurant menus don't stop diners from overindulging

"Evidence is mounting that calorie labels — promoted by some nutritionists and the restaurant industry to help stem the obesity crisis — do not steer most people to lower-calorie foods. Eating habits rarely change, according to several studies. Perversely, some diners see the labels yet consume more calories than usual. People who use the labels often don’t need to. (Meaning: They are thin.)"