Lucky Dip – Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Dear fellow fatties, join me in gesturing, “Price Is Right”-style, at a new program for determining health risks related to weight that says exactly what we’ve all been saying for years – WEIGHT IS NOT AN INDICATOR OF HEALTH. Fat folks can apparently be just as healthy as skinny folks, and, I know, surprise, just as smart when it comes to knowing their own level of well-being. [Toronto Star: HealthZone] [Globe and Mail] [National Post] [Toronto Sun – avoid the comment section here; the trolls are out in full force.]

Also, enjoying and savouring an occasional cupcake or hotdog is better than wracking yourself with guilt over it. The news is awesome today, isn’t it? [National Post]

Wait, if Canada’s version of the Food Network is “better” than the US station (and okay, Martin Picard does make a difference), why are we still getting all the crap shows from the US? Also, we’ll trade you 3 Canadian food network “celebrities” of your choice if you give us David Rosengarten (who is no longer on the Food Network, which is a crying shame.) [Village Voice: Fork in the Road]

The 411 on lactose intolerance; the least fun you’ll ever have while drinking a milkshake. [Globe and Mail]

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Channel Surfing

Somewhere in the transfer of cable services from home A to home B, we ended up with a bunch of cable channels we didn’t have before. Besides the fact that we are cheapasses and refuse to pay for a bunch of channels that we mostly don’t watch, we made the well-thought-out decision to cancel all but basic cable a few years back for one specific reason.

I yell at the Food Network.

Honestly, I am flabberghasted that there are unsuspecting housewives out there, tuning in to the Food Network, thinking that they’re going to get decent advice on anything to do with cooking.

(NOTE – with the possible exception of Alton Brown. He’s an alright guy.)

Of course, the extra channels that we are now burdened with include the Food Network, and I have quickly gotten sucked in again. It’s been a few years, so many of the faces are new (although I see that BAM! guy is still there, mucking things up), but it’s reassuring to see that one can get a job hosting a cooking show without any damn idea of how to cook. Note that many of the people I mention below appear on the Canadian Food Network so you US folks might not recognize everyone. [1]

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