junk food

Will Open Letter to McDonald's Bite Into Profits?

McDonald's got a letter from 550 health experts Wednesday accusing the fast food giant of ignoring the impact its products -- and its marketing -- have on America's children. It's not the first such criticism of McDonald's, but so far, the attacks don't appear to have hurt its sales.

Using Junk-Food Tactics to Sell Kids on Carrots

Carrot farmers want to convince young eaters to put down that bag of chips and pick up a pack of baby carrots. So, a new ad campaign will use weapons favored by the junk-food giants: flashy snack bags, video games, humor and YouTube videos.

Will Jamie Oliver Put Fast Food on the Run?

Streetwise British chef Jamie Oliver is shaking up America's ideas of what foods are worth eating and feeding to schoolkids with his Food Revolution show set in one of the country's unhealthiest cities. The reality TV show hits home for many kids and parents watching and has set food bloggers a-twitter. Are processed food makers paying attention?

Study Says Junk Food as Addictive as Heroin or Cigarettes

Is junk food as addictive as heroin or cigarettes? Previous studies have shown similarities between drug abusers and compulsive eaters, but a new study published Sunday in Nature Neuroscience provides evidence that those who are addicted to junk food experience similar cravings as drug addicts, require increasingly larger amounts of food to feel good and even have a harder time quitting.