A possible boon for calorie counters and the uninformed obese is facing opposition. New Legislation was passed in New York City that requires restaurants with more than fifteen locations, designated as a chain, to post the number of calories in their menu items. Although the law will affect only 10% of the restaurants in the city, the National Restaurant Association has started a legal battle to combat the ordinance. The City’s health commissioner claims that the regulation is intended to help combat the rising obesity pandemic, but the restaurant chains just don’t want individuals to know what they are eating. The city’s health department says that three-fourths of consumers inspect food packaging for calorie content and base their purchases in part on those numbers. They claim that the ordinance could reduce the number of the cities obese by 150,000 over five years, and could prevent around 30,000 individuals from developing diabetes over the same period of time. Other than the modest time and effort required to calculate and post the calories of menu items, I fail to see a reasonable argument against this legislation. Hopefully, the chains will suffer public relations fallout, be exposed as unconcerned for the health or desires of their customers, and lose their lawsuit scheduled for June, 9. Consumers have a right to know what they are buying and make informed decisions regarding their health. 

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