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One Big Fat Step Too Far

February 23rd, 2009 by admin · 12 Comments

I thought we already decided that it was not the city government’s business to police the fat content of the product served at local restaurants.

However, the trans fat ban, authored by Dan Johnson (who would have thought a goofy anti-business ordinance would come from this guy) is going to be a topic of discussion at the Metro Council for the next few months. Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the public health department, appeared before the Democratic caucus last week.

It’s one thing to start an education campaign to let people know that certain foods can make you fat. Encouraging healthy eating habits is a great way to get people to voluntarily change bad habits.

But it’s a fat step over the line to dictate to local businesses how they make their foods. I remember listening to Council meetings at least a year ago in which reps of local bakeries told the Council how devastating such a ban would be on their business.  Today’s story in the C-J quotes the president of the Kentucky Restaurant Association saying it would drive up prices at a time when businesses are struggling.

So it’s also shaping up as a partisan issue in the Council, and Republicans will likely be united against any legal requirements on businesses. Let’s hope a few Democrats will recognize the shortcomings of Johnson’s ban as well.

Tags: Metro Council · Trans Fat

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 btucker // Feb 23, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    This is the perfect diversion.


  • 2 Mark // Feb 23, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Good god you really don’t see your own hypocrisy do you? Remember this post next time you post a comment about smoking bans.

  • 3 Justme // Feb 23, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Tax the fat!
    (Just like tobacco and alcohol)

  • 4 derbs // Feb 23, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Someone please cite me an example of second-hand obesity.

    Please. Just one.

  • 5 Carter Burger // Feb 23, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Why stop here? Let’s legislate everything that is bad for us out of existance. Cigarettes will be $100 a pack, the speed limit will be 10 MPH. We can also configure our vehicles where cell phones won’t work in them, along with the radio/CD/MP3 players while the vehicle is in motion.

    The arrogance of our elected “leaders” never cease to amaze me.

  • 6 derbs // Feb 23, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I could go for that cell phone thing…

  • 7 Gordon // Feb 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    We need protection from second hand stupidity.

  • 8 derbs // Feb 23, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Good luck with that.

  • 9 Jim // Feb 24, 2009 at 2:06 am

    We need to legislate Dan Johnson and his type of people from being legislators. Maybe legislating these people without common sense would be a great start. Just about as communistic as silly smoking bans, trans fat bans, and every other type of ban this administration and Troutman try to pass. Not to mention that Troutman needs to get a new job

  • 10 DE // Feb 24, 2009 at 6:31 am

    Our politicians need to choose better things to do with their time.. no excuse me .. our time they are wasting. We go to McDonalds and places like this to eat fattening foods.. we do not need to have a fat count charts and lists to read.. we already ignore them already. Please stop wasting our time and money and work on saving money instead of wasting it. Idiots!

  • 11 keatssycamore // Feb 24, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Someone please cite me an example of second-hand obesity.

    Please. Just one.

    Fat man says to his fat child, “Hey son/daughter want Mickey D’s again for the 7 th time this week? I’ll let you have an extra Big Mac, tasty sundae and super-size all of it. You can even finish my fries.”

    Not that I agree with the measure, but you asked for ONE example and the example above, well, that’s second-hand obesity, no?

  • 12 Steve Magruder (I, not D or R) // Feb 24, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    This isn’t about fats in general. Trans fats aren’t needed in baking, and can be substituted. Like, instead of margarine, use butter. Go figure.

    Trans fats are BAD for the heart. Way bad. They need to be banned. But if banned, businesses need to be given an ample window of time for compliance.