April 1, 2007

Let's outlaw food buffets!

Ramsey Campbell reports in the Orlando Sentinel on March 31 a disturbing sight:

It was hard not to stare at the couple at the next table. They must have each weighed close to 500 pounds.

Needless to say, it was an all-you-can-eat Lake County restaurant. And management looked understandably worried.

Admittedly an extreme case, the scene still exemplified this country's growing battle with obesity.

Restaurants here tend to pile on food and drink without limit, sensing correctly that we see gluttony as a good thing.

And the fast-food industry has grown because of competition among restaurants over which could serve the largest portions.

What if Philip Morris was allowed to have a smoke shop where -- for a prix fixe -- smokers could have all the cigarettes they wanted? Or, how about, the more they smoked, the cheaper the price got?

Why...we'd outlaw that practice in minutes.

But someone eating themself to death, or worse yet, eating just enough to get diabetes or heart disease, is allowed -- even, encouraged -- to do that daily.

Obviously, some people cannot control themselves. The definition of an addict.

It's clear: We must outlaw food buffets!

No comments: