This morning the New York Times contained an article entitled “Conflict on the Menu”. The topic was controversy over new legislation that will require all fast-food restaurants in New York City to put caloric information next to the items on their menu. The legislation is an attempt to curb obesity in the city.
Now, laws like this always seem to raise debate over the size of government and its involvement in our daily lives and decision making, but the controversy in this article is actually within the anti-obesity movement itself. There is disagreement over how effective putting caloric info on menus will be. For more details, check out the full article.
The irony of this story is when asked about the controversy over this subject existing within the obesity field Dr. Kelly D. Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale, said, “The field is incapable of policing itself.”
It makes me wonder that if the very group pushing for such legislation cannot “police itself” how do they expect the average person to do the same even with such information in front of them? All of the legislation attempting to stop people from smoking in the city doesn’t seem to have worked. Maybe this time we’ll be able to control ourselves.