Gov. Paterson's Latest Assault on New York Waistlines
by Alan Cooper
Gov. Paterson wants New York food outlets to display the calories of everything they serve
New York's Gov. David Paterson has fired a new salvo in his war on obesity, with food outlets in his sights this time. Restaurants, mobile vendors, grocery stores, convenience stores and other retail chains will be required to display posters listing a menu's caloric content, if legislation he's proposed this week eventually becomes law.
Paterson said the average American adult and child consumed one third of their calories eating out. "Children in particular eat almost twice as many calories when eating out compared to eating at home," Paterson said.
"Studies show that most people find it difficult to guess the calorie counts of typical restaurant meals."
What do you think of the Paterson's plan? Is it a welcome and timely intervention in the war on obesity? Or should it share the fate of Paterson's soda tax bill which was shot down in flames by state lawmakers?