Because of food's supposed “addictiveness,” University of California-San Francisco researcher Robert Lustig and other writers propose banning all-you-care-to-eat buffets, late-night service at fast-food restaurants and even the sale of sweets to kids. A “Cheeseburger Control Store” (like the state-run “ABC” liquor stores in many states) hasn't been proposed, yet. But before you say it'll never happen, one of those articles examined “portion control for food servings.” That sounds an awful lot like the New York City soda ban.
New York City's imminent fat-fighting failure won't stop the ruthless march of government paternalists who want control over everything we eat. After all, they think we're their “patients.” And they demand that we take their medicine.
Wilson is the senior research analyst at the Center for Consumer Freedom.