Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts August 2002
Short Cuts:HEALTH BEAT
Fattening Up for Flight?
For those who spend a lot of time on the road, airport food
courts are as natural a place to grab a bite as their own kitchens.
But those quick meals or snacks can be a dieter’s worst enemy.
In Restaurant Confidential (Workman Publishing; www.workman.com), authors
Michael F. Jacobson and Jayne Hurley enlighten diners about what it
means to the waistline when they pick up a burger and fries for a
long flight or a blended coffee drink to stay alert during a
The book provides calorie, fat and saturated fat breakdowns for
common fast-food and restaurant items. Among the better choices:
Blimpie’s Veggie Max sandwich contains 400 calories, and McDonalds’
fruit and yogurt parfait has only 380 calories not a bad way to
indulge a sweet tooth.
On the other hand, some meals pack enough calories to make those
airplane seats feel even more snug. Burger King’s double Whopper
with cheese, plus a large order of fries and soda, tips the scales
at 2,050 calories astounding given that most people need only 2,000
to 2,500 calories per day.
• MARTHA COOKE
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