A Curious Eye

A Curious Eye

My name's Ben. I'm a 22 year-old recent grad living in Seattle. I've been told my gayness is only matched by my enthusiasm.
I post my favorite news from all around the web.
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fastcompany:

"In 5 years, a computer system could know what you like to eat better than you do. A machine that experiences flavor will determine the precise chemical structure of food and why people like it. Not only will it get you to eat healthier, but it will also surprise us with unusual pairings of foods that are designed to maximize our experience of taste and flavor. Digital taste buds will help you to eat smarter." - How Creative Can Computers Be?

fastcompany:

"In 5 years, a computer system could know what you like to eat better than you do. A machine that experiences flavor will determine the precise chemical structure of food and why people like it. Not only will it get you to eat healthier, but it will also surprise us with unusual pairings of foods that are designed to maximize our experience of taste and flavor. Digital taste buds will help you to eat smarter." - How Creative Can Computers Be?

The Fight Against Childhood Obesity(?)

thisisthinprivilege:

My friend has a daughter who recently began kindergarten.
Her daughter is six.

She received a call from the school nurse that her daughter had been throwing away most of her lunch. Concerned, her mother told the girl to bring home what she didn’t finish, and she would eat it for her lunch the next day. When the lunchbox came home with the girl, she noticed her sandwich, cookies, and juice remained untouched. The only thing eaten were the baby carrots. My friend also noticed the small container of ranch dressing she packed for her was unopened. This was surprising, as prior to kindergarten, she wouldn’t eat vegetables without it. She became more worried when she learned that the girl had begun to use her recess time to go for a “jog” with her friends (also 6 and 7). Instead of eating cookies and playing hide-and-seek, she was eventually informed by her child that she was on a DIET.

Her school is proudly and actively fighting childhood obesity. They were all sent home pamphlets about it the first week of school. My friend asked her daughter if she knew what “dieting” meant. She said it meant “not being fat”. When questioned what 2 tablespoons of salad dressing had to do with a diet, her daughter informed her that it was just “empty calories”.

The final straw came last week, when her daughter got into a tiff with another girl in her grade. During their back-and-forth, her daughter called the other little girl “fat”.
She was punished by my friend for name-calling, and asked, once again, if she knew what these words meant.

So lets recap:
-This 6 year old “knows” that her sandwich, juice, and 2 small cookies are unhealthy.
-This child “knows” that being fat is a bad thing. In another young person, it is akin to being naughty or mean.
-This child “knows” that in order to keep herself from being fat, she needs to devote her free time (recess) to exercise, instead of any other activity.
-This child has begun to use the word “fat” to describe someone in a hostile, insulting way (the other little girl, by the way, was not fat)
-This child is pleased with herself for “dieting” and thus, in her own words, “not being fat”

I’m not exactly sure how the concept of childhood obesity is being taught to children. But I’m pretty sure this type of “programming” will lead to nothing good.

(via sepiacircus)

(Source: realitytvgifs, via sepiacircus)

twowhovianhearts:

notjustavagina:

push-harder:

seducedbylawrence:

Jennifer Lawrence + food

I think this right here, is why we all love her so much.

Eating is a good thing! Calories run your entire body so eat up for a healthy one

I have decided that Jennifer Lawrence is my spirit animal
twowhovianhearts:

notjustavagina:

push-harder:

seducedbylawrence:

Jennifer Lawrence + food

I think this right here, is why we all love her so much.

Eating is a good thing! Calories run your entire body so eat up for a healthy one

I have decided that Jennifer Lawrence is my spirit animal
twowhovianhearts:

notjustavagina:

push-harder:

seducedbylawrence:

Jennifer Lawrence + food

I think this right here, is why we all love her so much.

Eating is a good thing! Calories run your entire body so eat up for a healthy one

I have decided that Jennifer Lawrence is my spirit animal
twowhovianhearts:

notjustavagina:

push-harder:

seducedbylawrence:

Jennifer Lawrence + food

I think this right here, is why we all love her so much.

Eating is a good thing! Calories run your entire body so eat up for a healthy one

I have decided that Jennifer Lawrence is my spirit animal
twowhovianhearts:

notjustavagina:

push-harder:

seducedbylawrence:

Jennifer Lawrence + food

I think this right here, is why we all love her so much.

Eating is a good thing! Calories run your entire body so eat up for a healthy one

I have decided that Jennifer Lawrence is my spirit animal
twowhovianhearts:

notjustavagina:

push-harder:

seducedbylawrence:

Jennifer Lawrence + food

I think this right here, is why we all love her so much.

Eating is a good thing! Calories run your entire body so eat up for a healthy one

I have decided that Jennifer Lawrence is my spirit animal

twowhovianhearts:

notjustavagina:

push-harder:

seducedbylawrence:

Jennifer Lawrence + food

I think this right here, is why we all love her so much.

Eating is a good thing! Calories run your entire body so eat up for a healthy one

I have decided that Jennifer Lawrence is my spirit animal

(Source: zoenightshede, via greeklesbian)

tablespoons:

“teenagers skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight” ACTUALLY NO THATS BULLSHIT TEENAGERS SKIP BREAKFAST SO THEY CAN MAKE IT TO SCHOOL ON TIME WITHOUT WAKING UP AT 4 IN THE MORNING

Seriously, do these researchers ever actually talk to teenagers?

(Source: jesuschristvevo, via greeklesbian)

definitelydope:

the-lunatic-luna:

Stop whatever you’re doing and WATCH THIS.

"I asked 5 questions in genetics class today and all of them started with the word ‘sorry’"

WATCH THIS AND THEN WATCH IT AGAIN

(Source: un-sadie, via marbleflakes)

Why Fire Makes Us Human

How Not To Be a Dick to Your Vegetarian Friend

The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater

Before Your Healthy Eating Internet Education:

I eat pretty healthy. Check it out: whole grain crackers, veggie patties, prawns, broccoli. I am actually pretty into clean eating.

After Your Healthy Eating Internet Education:

Those crackers – gluten, baby. Gluten is toxic to your intestinal health, I read it on a forum. They should call those crackers Leaky Gut Crisps, that would be more accurate. That veggie burger in the freezer? GMO soy. Basically that’s a Monsanto patty. Did you know soybean oil is an insecticide? And those prawns are fish farmed in Vietnamese sewage pools. I didn’t know about the sewage fish farming when I bought them, though, really I didn’t!

The broccoli, though..that’s ok. I can eat that. Eating that doesn’t make me a terrible person, unless….oh, shit! That broccoli isn’t organic. That means it’s covered with endocrine disrupting pesticides that will make my son sprout breasts. As if adolescence isn’t awkward enough.

Full article here

Five Simple Tricks for Healthier Eating

1. Put the healthy food up front (and make the junk food harder to reach).

2. Make it fun to eat healthy.

3. Give the food a fancy name.

4. Make it a choice.

5. Taller is better… at least when it comes to unhealthy drinks.

Read more at GreaterGood.Berkeley.edu