Being Fat Costs America $168 Billion; Peanut Brittle All the Rage

A new study reveals that nearly 17 percent of U.S. medical costs can be blamed on obesity -- some $168 billion. [USA Today]

Conceiving your child in early spring can increase his or her chances of developing food allergies, according to Finnish researchers. [BusinessWire]

Meanwhile, men who eat a lot of junk food could increase their children's chances of having type 2 diabetes. [Daily Mail]

The Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montreal, which adopted a goat to make its own cheese, is one of the hotels that has embraced rooftop gardening. [NY Times]

Peanut brittle is all the rage on restaurant dessert menus. Michael's in New York serves hazelnut brittle with chocolate mousse. [Nation's Restaurant News]

At Harvard, physics and applied mathematics professors team up with chefs like Wylie Dufresne and Grant Achatz to talk about science-y cooking methods. [NY Times]

Magic Johnson has sold all 105 of his Starbucks locations. Looks like he might be liquidating his assets to buy another NBA team. [LA Times]

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