Big Apple's Big Appetite For Food Control

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  • 06/14/2012

Not content to stop at keeping people from 20 oz bottles of Mountain Dew (but unlimited refills are fine) the Board of Health started coming up with other food items that it should portion control:  

“The popcorn isn’t a whole lot better than the soda,” said Bruce Vladeck, a senior adviser at Nexera Consulting  and one of the mayor’s appointees to the 11-member board. The board yesterday agreed to put Bloomberg’s big-soda ban up for a public hearing July 24, but also talked about the merits of limiting other high-calorie treats.  A large tub of movie-theater popcorn has up to 1,650 calories.

 Bruce Vladeck (center in photo) 

But why stop at regulating popcorn?

“There are certainly milkshakes and milk-coffee beverages that have monstrous amounts of calories . . . and I’m not so sure what the rationale is not to include those,” said member Dr. Joel Forman, a pediatrics professor at Mount Sinai.    (Milkshakes have calories?  Coffee coolattas too?  Shocking.) 

So wait.. I thought the enemy was sugar.  Or is it calories?  Or is it portions?  Or is it food?

Perhaps we should just wait until the Board of Health comes out with a government approved menu that we all have to buy from.  Scary thing is, as this poll shows,  there are enough social control freaks out there who would agree the government should regulate what we eat and drink:  

 And here's an enthusiastic defense of the nutritional police state by someone that calls herself "the portion teller."  (Oy)


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