With increasing frequency, governments at all levels are telling us what we can and cannot put into our bodies — either by banning or heavily regulating particular substances. In fact, cities across the United States have launched a new offensive in the war on allegedly unhealthy food by creating their own “fat police.”
The City of Baltimore, for example, enacted a law banning trans fats that took effect in September 2009. The sponsor of the measure claims the law was essential in order to deal with the problem of childhood obesity. Restaurants discovered to be in violation of the ban receive a warning after their first offense. Repeat offenders are fined $100; and recidivist eateries can be closed. No restaurants had received a citation…until last week.
A restaurant, ironically named “Healthy Choice,” dared to cross Baltimore’s fat police by using a margarine that contained 3 grams of trans fat, as calculated by the city’s fat police. When a follow up inspection by the