Eating Half Your Weight In Chipotle Just Got Easier

Your hangover cure just got better: Chipotle is testing out a pilot program where they’ll use drones to deliver food to customers. Yes I’ll take my burrito bowl with black beans, fajitas, and cool af technology please. So Seamless, Imma let you finish but Chipotle has the best food delivery system of all time.

The program has customers order their food at kiosks, then Chipotle food trucks stationed strategically in the geographic area make the food. The workers then load the food order onto a drone, and the drone flies over to the customer and drops it. I’m assuming that eventually the kiosks will be eliminated and people can just order from their phones, so there’s absolutely no human interactionthe ultimate millennial goal.

But will guac still be extra??

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Fat Boy The Cat Finally Rescued After 9 Days Atop Power Pole

A Californian cat named “Fat Boy” has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

The black-and-white feline was rescued Tuesday from the top of a 45-foot high power pole in Fresno, where he had been stuck for nine days, The Fresno Bee reports.

Fat Boy’s owner,  Andrew Perez, wasn’t sure how the cat got up there, but guessed that a neighborhood dog may have scared him.

“We were calling his name, and he was looking at us, and he’d just meow,” Perez told ABC 7.

The cat’s human family was worried for their pet, so the fire department and other local agencies referred them to power company Pacific Gas and Electric, according to ABC News.

“It’s not a simple thing to climb a power pole and get a cat down,” PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles told the Fresno Bee. “The first thing we have to do is de-energize the line – it’s a 12,000-volt line. The safety of the two guys who went up on the pole, and the crew member on the ground, has to be our first priority every time.

He said they usually “wait out” cats on poles, and the felines typically come down on their own, but after Fat Boy had been up there so long, they had to take action. In order for workers to get him, the company had to shut off power to about 250 homes for a few hours.

Fat Boy seemed healthy, but since he had gone so long without food or water, veterinary workers gave the feline electrolytes and made sure he had food before returning him to his family.

Welcome home, Fat Boy.

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Dolly Parton reveals her secret to staying slim on the road

Legendary Country Music Hall of Famer Dolly Parton may be a pint-sized powerhouse but the songtress has never shied away from touting her love of food.

I’m a short little thing with a big, country girl appetite so I have to really watch it,” Parton told “I’ve been every size in the world, [but] I’d be big as a house if I ate everything I wanted so I’m a big eater. My best bet is to stay on low carb because on a low carb you can actually eat quite a bit of food of the things you’re allowed.

In 2006, she released her own cookbook Dollys Fixins, sharing recipes from her childhood, career on the road and other Southern favorites. The cookbook is available through or

But Partons love of food extends beyond recipes. Her Pigeon Forge, Tenn. theme park, Dollywood, has also racked up several accolades through the years for its food offerings and service.

Mostly recently, the park placed second in Best Food and Cleanest Park categories at Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards at the magazine’s annual awards ceremony at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio on Sept. 10. Dollywood’s newest rollercoaster Lightning Rod won best new ride for being the world’s fastest wooden coaster and the world’s first wooden launching coaster. It was also named Friendliest Park for the fifth consecutive year. That nod to hospitality is something Parton holds dear to her heart.

As an artist whose constantly touring, Parton has learned not to rely on the craft service table to feed her fix. Shes able to prepare a few items that will hit the spot before hitting the road.  

I do love to cook and when we travel on tour I have to have a few things in the freezer, says Parton. We have great caterers and all that. But some days you just think, I gotta have some chicken dumplings or pork roast or something that’s home.”

Partons new album Pure & Simpleher 43rddebuted Aug. 19 and has already sky-rockeed to number four on Billboards Top Country Album Chart. Parton is currently promoting the album across North America.

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New study shows how sugar industry skews research on fat

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The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar’s role in heart disease in part by pointing the finger at fat as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of newly uncovered documents.

The analysis published Monday is based on correspondence between a sugar trade group and researchers at Harvard University, and is the latest example showing how food and beverage makers attempt to shape public understanding of nutrition.

In 1964, the group now known as the Sugar Association internally discussed a campaign to address “negative attitudes toward sugar” after studies began emerging linking sugar with heart disease, according to documents dug up from public archives. The following year the group approved “Project 226,” which entailed paying Harvard researchers today’s equivalent of $48,900 for an article reviewing the scientific literature, supplying materials they wanted reviewed, and receiving drafts of the article.

The resulting article published in 1967 concluded there was “no doubt” that reducing cholesterol and saturated fat was the only dietary intervention needed to prevent heart disease. The researchers overstated the consistency of the literature on fat and cholesterol, while downplaying studies on sugar, according to the analysis.

“Let me assure you this is quite what we had in mind and we look forward to its appearance in print,” wrote an employee of the sugar industry group to one of the authors.

The sugar industry’s funding and role were not disclosed when the article was published by the New England Journal of Medicine. The journal did not begin requesting author disclosures until 1984.

In an editorial published Monday that accompanied the sugar industry analysis, New York University professor of nutrition Marion Nestle noted that for decades following the study, scientists and health officials focused on reducing saturated fat, not sugar, to prevent heart disease.

While scientists are still working to understand links between diet and heart disease, concern has shifted in recent years to sugars, and away from fat, Nestle said.

A committee that advised the federal government on dietary guidelines said the available evidence shows “no appreciable relationship” between the dietary cholesterol and heart disease, although it still recommended limiting saturated fats.

The American Heart Association cites a study published in 2014 in saying that too much added sugar can increase risk of heart disease, though the authors of that study say the biological reasons for the link are not completely understood.

The findings published Monday are part of an ongoing project by a former dentist, Cristin Kearns, to reveal the sugar industry’s decades-long efforts to counter science linking sugar with negative health effects, including diabetes. The latest work, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, is based primarily on 31 pages of correspondence between the sugar group and one of the Harvard researchers who authored the review.

In a statement, the Sugar Association said it “should have exercised greater transparency in all of its research activities,” but that funding disclosures were not the norm when the review was published. The group also questioned Kearns’ “continued attempts to reframe historical occurrences” to play into the current public sentiment against sugar.

The Sugar Association said it was a “disservice” that industry-funded research in general is considered “tainted.”

Companies including Coca-Cola Co. and Kellogg Co. as well as groups for agricultural products like beef and blueberries regularly fund studies that become a part of scientific literature, are cited by other researchers, and are touted in press releases.

Companies say they adhere to scientific standards, and many researchers feel that industry funding is critical to advancing science given the growing competition for government funds. But critics say such studies are often thinly veiled marketing that undermine efforts to improve public health.

“Food company sponsorship, whether or not intentionally manipulative, undermines public trust in nutrition science,” wrote Nestle, a longtime critic of industry funding of science.

The authors of the analysis note they were unable to interview key actors quoted in the documents because they are no longer alive. They also note there is no direct evidence the sugar industry changed the manuscript, that the documents provide a limited window into the sugar industry group’s activities and that the roles of other industries and nutrition leaders in shaping the discussion about heart disease were not studied.

Nevertheless, they say the documents underscore why policy makers should consider giving less weight to industry-funded studies. Although funding disclosures are now common practice in the scientific community, the role sponsors play behind the scenes is still not always clear.

In June, the Associated Press reported on a study funded by the candy industry’s trade group that found children who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who don’t. The National Confectioners Association, which touted the findings in a press release, provided feedback to the authors on a draft even though a disclosure said it had no role in the paper. The association said its suggestions didn’t alter the findings.

In November, the AP also reported on emails showing Coca-Cola was instrumental in creating a nonprofit that said its mission was to fight obesity, even though the group publicly said the soda maker had “no input” into its activities. A document circulated at Coke said the group would counter the “shrill rhetoric” of “public health extremists.”

Coca-Cola subsequently conceded that it had not been transparent, and the group later disbanded.

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Trump tells Dr. Oz he loves fast food, wants to lose weight

UPDATE: Thursday, 11:56 a.m. ET: The Dr. Oz Show confirmed to Mashable Trump does in fact weigh 236 pounds.

Donald Trump visited The Dr. Oz Show on Wednesday morning and while the episode won’t air until Thursday, audience reports have already started to circulate.

Trump declared he would share the results of a recent physical on Oz’s show after Hillary Clinton stumbled as she left a Sept. 11 memorial over the weekend. Her campaign later announced she had pneumonia.

Trump opened up about his previously documented love of fast food during the taping Wednesday, among other interesting admissions.

As for Trump’s weight, there were conflicting reports. Politico noted audience members said he weighed 236 pounds while NBC and MSNBC revealed audience members said he weighed 267 pounds. Dr. Oz said Trump was “slightly overweight,” to which Trump replied he hoped to lose 15 to 20 pounds.

Trump’s height has been reported at 6’3″ and at 236 pounds, his BMI, per the CDC, would be 29.5, just at the upper reaches of the “overweight” range, close to “obese.” At 267 pounds, Trump’s weight would be a BMI of 33.4.

On Thursday, the Dr. Oz Show confirmed to Mashable Trump’s weight is actually 236 pounds.

Here’s how the conversation went down:

Dr. Oz: “You’re 63 236 pounds as I mentioned. Now in my mind Im thinking your body surface area and your BMI is high. Its probably close to 30 which is sort of the barrier for most people. Do your doctors or your family ever give you a hard time about your weight?”

Donald Trump: “Yeah I think I could lose a little weight. Ive always been a little bit this way. You know Ive sort of always been, I was probably a good swimmer. But Ive always been this way. I think that if I had one thing Id like to lose weight. Its tough because of the way I live. But the one thing I would like to do is be able to drop 15 20 pounds. It would be good.”

Overall, though, Oz assessed Trump as being healthy.

As for exercise, well, it turns out all of those hand gestures are important! Speaking perhaps a bit tongue-in-cheek, Trump said that’s his exercise.

And, of course, there’s his relationship with daughter Ivanka, who made an appearance on the show. Of note, Trump confirmed how he loves to show his affection for his daughter.

More information was reported by NBC’s Katy Tur, including some political aspects of his discussion with Oz.

Mashable will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Reid In Nasty Battle With Trump Over Weight, Injury

This split shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, left, and Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid, right.  (AP)

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is fond of sparring with Republican presidential candidates, but the ex-boxer started an all-out street fight with Donald Trump this week — and it only escalated Friday after the GOP nominee responded by mocking the injury that left Reid blind in one eye. 

“Trump can make fun of the injury that took sight in my eye — I’ve dealt with tougher opponents. With my good eye, I see Trump is a con-artist,” Reid tweeted on Friday morning. 

The political brawl started on Tuesday when Reid poked fun at Trump’s weight. 

While accusing the press of magnifying Hillary Clintons pneumonia diagnosis and downplaying Trump’s health issues, Reid said during a press conference, He complains about her health? What does he do? Hes 70 years old. Hes not slim and trim. 

Trump’s health details released this week show he is somewhat overweight, and the candidate says he wants to lose 15 pounds. But he hit back hard at Reid for going there, making a mocking reference to Reid’s 2015 home-gym accident — which happened when an exercise band snapped, sending the 76-year-old to the ground. He broke several ribs and facial bones.

Harry Reid? I think he should go back and start working out again with his rubber work-out pieces, Trump told the Washington Post on Wednesday.

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Aside from the tweet, Reid also issued a written response to Trump saying with “my good eye, I can see that Trump is a man who inherited his money and spent his entire life pretending like he earned it.”

This is not the first time Reid has engaged in a verbal battle with a Republican presidential nominee.

In July 2012, Reid took to the Senate floor to engage in speculation that Mitt Romney had not paid any taxes.

Speaking in the Senate on Thursday, Reid also unleashed a flurry of broadsides at Trump calling him a human leech and a spoiled brat. 

Reid, who is retiring in January after 33 years in Congress, also suggested earlier this summer that intelligence officials fake the security briefings given to Trump.

How would the CIA and the other intelligence agencies brief this guy? How could they do that? I would suggest to the intelligence agencies, if youre forced to brief this guy, dont tell him anything, just fake it, because this man is dangerous, Reid said during an interview with The Huffington Post.

Reids attacks may or may not damage Trump, but one of Reids colleagues believes the real blow is to the Nevadans own legacy.

“Harry Reid, for some time now, has been going beyond the line, making statements on the floor where words should be taken down,” Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., told Roll Call.

“And to hear in the last few months of his career, sadly, it’s gotten worse. And it mainly looks bad for Senator Reid and his legacy.” 

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