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Anthropology in Practice

Burger with a side of toys: How is fast food being marketed to children?

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) began to heavily legislate cigarette marketing in the 1960s following a report from the Surgeon General’s office on the dangers of smoking. Efforts were largely focused on reducing the ads that targeted children, which often ran during programs for children and teens like The Flintstones. In a story that has [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Will Industrialized Foods Be the End of Us?

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There’s a sign hanging in my local deli that offers customers some tips on what to expect in terms of quality and service. It reads: Your order: Can be fast and good, but it won’t be cheap. Can be fast and cheap, but it won’t be good. Can be good and cheap, but it won’t [...]

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Food Matters

The Complete List Of All The Reasons Why Putting A McDonald’s In A Church Is A Good Idea

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1.   Um…   And yes, this is actually a thing.

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Fast Food Chains Dish Out More Salt per Serving in the U.S.

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The fast food industry has gotten knocked for selling high-fat, high-sodium and high-sugar fare, a major contributor to the bourgeoning obesity and diabetes epidemics. Many chains have responded by offering salads, wraps and fresh fruit alongside their burgers, pizzas and fries. New York City and in the U.K. have instituted “voluntary” salt-reduction programs for food [...]

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Health insurers make big bucks from Big Macs

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Like most businesses, health and life insurance companies are out to make a buck, and one way they augment their income is by investing in other industries. But a new study has found that $1.88 billion from this industry is backing the top five publicly traded fast food chains. Excessive consumption of this sort of [...]

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