This is why you're fat
Saturday, April 11, 2009 | 04:04 PM ET
by Andree Lau, CBCnews.ca
This corn dog casserole includes layers of hash brown patties, bacon, baked beans and french fries. (thisiswhyyourefat.com)
We all know fat is bad, yet it seems reveling in its awfulness has its car accident-like attractions.
How else can you explain "This is why you're fat," a photo blog that encourages people to submit images of heart attack-inducing dishes, like the corn dog casserole, composed of layers of hash brown patties, crumbled bacon, baked beans, corn, and french fries, topped by corn dog slices with mustard icing.
Adding to the "why didn't I think of that?" factor: the blog has just scored a book deal.
What I can't figure out is if this type of phenomenon works to shock people away from such dishes — or encourages them to create and digest ever more artery-clogging foods?
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Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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