Movie Theatre Popcorn Makes You Fat (Surprise!); Army Confirms

With jokes of stents with each serving of “extra-large tub of orange vinyl nacho cheese” and “3 days [worth] of saturated fats”, the Boston Globes dives into the light-hearted report from the CSPI, the Center for Science in the Public Interest titled ‘Two Thumbs Down’ for Movie Theater Popcorn. You’ll also see it as the cover story in the December issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter – Since one doubts it will be seen in the cinema’s book and magazine counter, here is the PDF of BIG movie theaters fill buckets…and bellies.

Then Sperling at Celluloid Junkie brings the above title home, using the word that should have been in everyone’s title, lead and summary – “Surprise!”

His dissection begins;

As if theatre owners didn’t have enough to worry about with studios shrinking release windows at every opportunity, they may soon have to start worrying about moviegoers bypassing the real bread and butter of any exhibitor’s business, or more appropriately the popcorn and butter. A new study conducted by the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest and released earlier today reports that the food items found at most movie theatre concession stands are incredibly unhealthy. Lab tests revealed that eating a medium popcorn and soda combo from Regal Cinemas was the equivalent of eating three McDonald’s Quarter Pounders topped with 12 pats of butter. For those with a more of an interest in nutrition, that’s 1610 calories and 60 grams (three days’ worth) of saturated fat. 

The CSPI report also found that the candy sold by most exhibitors is no better. An extra large box of Junior Mints contains 570 calories and 8 grams of fat. Raisinets are 420 calories and 11 grams of fat. M&Ms may be tiny but they pack in 790 calories and more than a half a day’s supply of saturated fat (16 grams). Then there’s the calorie king of all movie theatre confections, Reese’s Pieces which are loaded with 1,160 calories and 35 grams of saturated fat. To hammer the point home the study compares the intake of such candy to eating a 16-once T-bone stake with a buttered baked potato as a side order. It’s a miracle that E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’s heart was still able to glow after downing all those Reese’s Pieces in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster back in the early 1980s. The alien rightfully should’ve keeled over from a heart attack according to CSPI.

Read the whole thing…he tastefully covers the whole of the articles and the report.

Of course, no one should connect the dots and try to tie the Army Times report from 2 weeks ago (4 November) that said:

U.S. military-age youth are increasingly unfit to serve — mostly because they’re in such lousy shape.

According to the latest Pentagon figures, a full 35 percent, or more than one-third, of the roughly 31.2 million Americans aged 17 to 24 are unqualified for military service because of physical and medical issues. And, said Curt Gilroy, the Pentagon’s director of accessions, “the major component of this is obesity. We have an obesity crisis in the country. There’s no question about it.”

The Pentagon draws its data from the Centers for Disease Control, which regularly tracks obesity. The steadily rising trend is not good news for military recruiters, despite their recent successes, nor for the overall health of the U.S. population.

Celluloid Junkie: Report: Movie Theatre Popcorn Makes You Fat (Surprise!)

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