Why? The Food and Drug Administration cites research indicating that:
- 33%+ of adults are obese with an additional 33% overweight;
- the %'age of total food calories consumed in restaurants has increased from about 18% in the 1970s to about 33% in 2015; and,
- the FDA also estimates that despite the onerous costs associated with placing nutritional information into menus, the new regulation will produce a "stream of benefits" from $3.7B to $10.4B over the next 20 years.
Don't be fooled! All of this is propaganda being promoted by the Food Police.
- Notice carefully the dialectic: If one opposes the regulation, that individual doesn't care about the nation's obesity "epidemic." Can't one "care" and offer other approaches that do not increase the federal government's power over the menu choices that citizens make?
- Note carefully the "research" and #2 (above) in particular: The number of fast food restaurants in the United States has doubled since the 1970s. Thus, although the caloric intake at those establishments has increased, the actual %'age of calories consumed is somewhat lower today than in the 1970s.
- Note carefully those anticipated "revenue streams": Does any serious person believe those will ever be realized?
But, more importantly and to the heart of the propaganda: A meta-analysis published in the May 2015 issue of the American Journal of Public Health found no significant correlation between calorie labeling and what consumers actually order.
The Food Police do care about obesity, no doubt about it. But, let's be clear: They do so because obesity provides a means for the Food Police to seize more control over people's lives.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the "Health Policy Brief," click on the following link:
"The FDA's Menu Labeling Rule."