Modern kitchens are making us fat

  • Article by: NEIL IZENBERG , New York Times
  • Updated: March 25, 2013 - 12:12 PM

Our kitchens may be killing us -- slowly. Not so much with radon or gas leaks, but with kindness and proximity.

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supervon2Mar. 25, 1312:26 PM

Wow. We finally found the culprit. Let's move fast to downsize kitchens and install small refrigerators. Add one-burner stoves and only two pots per house and the problem is solved. Then, we must have government inspectors to check every home yearly to assure the public that this health risk will not occur again. Long live the State.

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mdachsMar. 25, 1312:35 PM

I am not sure if this article was meant to be "tongue in cheek," but I am really sick and tired of people blaming restaurants, food companies, and inanimate objects (like kitchens) for obesity! Mike Bloomberg in New York is a great example of someone who wants the city to take responsibility for what people eat away from people and give it to the city, restaurants, etc. Whatever happened to the concept of personal choice and individual responsibility?

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pumiceMar. 25, 1312:41 PM

From the article: "There are ... many reasons for the nation's obesity epidemic, with its staggering health implications. But surely modern home design plays an important and underappreciated role." Most of the points the author raises have more to do with technology and with the availability of high-fat, high-salt, high-fructose convenience foods than with kitchen design. Also ignored is ignorance--we consume too much of the wrong kinds of food and engage in too little of the right kinds of exercise.

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pumiceMar. 25, 13 1:02 PM

TAKE TWO... From the article: "There are ... many reasons for the nation's obesity epidemic, with its staggering health implications. But surely modern home design plays an important and underappreciated role." Most of the points the author raises have more to do with technology and with the availability of high-fat, high-salt, high-fructose convenience foods than with kitchen design. Also ignored is ignorance--we consume too much of the wrong kinds of food and engage in too little of the right kinds of exercise.

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devlopperMar. 25, 13 2:15 PM

IT is very little wonder why this media is dying. And it is satisfying to see it happen when one read utter garbage like this. I thought it was spoons that made people fat

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bigbadbeanMar. 25, 13 2:19 PM

Finally I can stop feeling guilty for being over weight. All this time it was really my home builders fault for putting in a large kitchen. Liberalism is a beautiful thing. It is never the individuals fault.

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arspartzMar. 25, 13 2:23 PM

I assume the article is somewhat tongue in cheek. However, it does show WHY we are getting fatter. The size and proximity of the kitchen is a symptom of the problem, not the cause. In out modern culture, food is far too often a person's happy place. Every event now needs to have a food component.

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circleoflifeMar. 25, 13 2:53 PM

LOL! I suppose I could find something to fault in this article but why? It was fun to read.

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jee7654Mar. 25, 13 2:59 PM

The kitchens in the farm houses of the 1800's were not in the basement. They were on the main floor and were probably a popular place to hang out in the winter because that is where the heat was. The meals were higher in calories than today's are, too, because the work required a lot of energy. Keep in mind that the population was primarily rural at that point. City dwellers were the exception, not the dominant group as they are today. In other words, hanging out in the kitchen does not lead to obesity.

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boris123Mar. 25, 13 3:04 PM

Bloomberg of NYC will take care your problem. Not too worry, all kitchens over "20ounces" will be banned in NYC, you will not be able to purchase other foods, light bulbs, toilets and stuff which he deems cause you harm, which MSP mayors and liberals will embrace. The people who claim to be "choice" are really the people who are anti-choice.

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