CHEAP SEATS: Calorie signs following path laid out with cigarettes
There is no doubt that new legislation requiring certain restaurants to list calorie counts on their menus is a good idea made with the best of intentions.
Except we all know where the road paved with good intentions leads.
The calorie count legislation is designed to make diners think twice about their menu choices, the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health board was told Wednesday.
Much like warnings on cigarette packages were designed to make smokers think twice about smoking.
And when those warnings didn’t work, we made them bigger. Then we made it illegal to smoke in places where second hand smoke could harm others. Then we made it illegal to smoke in places where second hand smoke was an inconvenience.
We did it all in the interest of public health. And right now the biggest public health issue facing Canadians is obesity.
Now it is easy to point out the myriad of differences between obese people and smokers and to speculate about how ridiculous the idea is that overweight people might somehow be prevented from certain activities or places, in the interest of public health.
Just like, 30 years ago, we speculated how ridiculous it was to think someone would be barred from smoking in a restaurant, or a park, or a playing field or patio.
It appears that road of good intentions is a slippery one, indeed.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
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