I would think that the intent in forcing restaurants to post calorie counts would be to prod said restaurants into offering some more healthful menu items.
“Frankly, it seems to me that whether I’m buying an apple or a Big Mac from McDonald’s, if they want to sell it to me without any information, I have a perfect right to buy it,” said Sam Kazman, general counsel for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market advocacy group. “This simply is not a federal issue.”
If you care even a little bit about your calorie intake, what the fuck are you doing in Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or McDonalds in the first place?
CHOW™ contained spun, plaited, and woven protein molecules, capped and coded, carefully designed to be ignored by even the most ravenous digestive tract enzymes; no-cal sweeteners; mineral oils replacing vegetable oils; fibrous materials, colorings, and flavorings. The end result was a foodstuff almost indistinguishable from any other except for two things. Firstly, the price, which was slightly higher, and secondly, the nutritional content, which was roughly equivalent to that of a Sony Walkman. [...]
MEALS™ was CHOW™ with added sugar and fat. The theory was that if you ate enough MEALS™ you would a) get very fat, and b) die of malnutrition."
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
[W]e don't know how the metabolism works. Claiming a mechanistic understanding and system of metabolism (I.e. Food directly makes us fat) is facile and simplistic.
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