Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Fat Pack

How do food writers avoid obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other medical hazards of their chosen profession? Many don't, says Kim Severson in her article in today's New York Times, "The Fat Pack Wonders If the Party's Over":

The journalists, bloggers, chefs and others who make up the Fat Pack combine an epicure’s appreciation for skillful cooking with a glutton’s bottomless-pit approach. Cramming more than three meals into a day, once the last resort of a food critic on deadline, has become a way of life. If the meals center on meat, so much the better.

Severson quotes several writers who are defensive about their lifestyle, but others are trying a new approach. Those

who want to lose weight find themselves trying to forge a new kind of diet, one that rejects the conventional strategy of denial and avoidance and embraces the pleasure of really, really good food.

One who is working on reshaping his body while continuing to enjoy eating is Ed Levine. Check out his website, Serious Eats, where on Thursdays he blogs about "his attempts to find food that is delicious and healthy."

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