Let them eat cookies!

Growing up in theĀ  1970s/early 80s in the Washington, DC suburbs, I became a fan of goofy humor on the radio. We had WJOK, which according to Wikipedia was the first station to broadcast routines from comedy albums. (It’s now a Christian station in Wisconsin.) There was also WHFS, an alternative station where I listened to the Doctor Demento show (when Weird Al was first breaking in).

WHFS also used to play fake commercials, which were hilarious. I still remember the refrain from one, “Ok mortuary, ok mortuary…” for a funeral home that cut a lot of corners but was still good enough.

I don’t get to listen to radio much these days, except when I’m traveling for business and driving a rental car. I like XM radio because I can choose from a bunch of comedy stations, but the other day –driving around I don’t remember where– I had a flashback to my youth.

The ad was for a cookie diet: eat 6 cookies a day and lose weight. I thought it was a joke but it turned out to be for real. Now I see it written up in the New York Times (A Few Cookies a Day to Keep the Pounds Away?) and see that it’s for real.

Revenues from the Cookie Diet are expected to be $18 million in 2009, a 50 percent increase from 2008. Wow!

Fortunately the article is fairly critical of this diet and others like it. From what I can see the main trick to it is that if your diet is mainly cookies (with just one regular meal thrown in) you’ll eat fewer calories than you would otherwise. But how someone can think that eating this is healthy is beyond me.

I’m no expert but it seems to me that a better diet would be one that includes regular food but no cookies. Perhaps I’m missing something however.

If you don’t like the Cookie Diet try the Cake Diet.

October 22, 2009

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