By Rachel Brody |
The National Restaurant Association and the restaurant industry are committed to taking a proactive role in helping the country deal with issues related to food and healthy living. Our customers desire a range of menu options every hour of the day. We also know that we have an important role to play in helping Americans lead healthier lives. We are working to create an environment that encourages voluntary, flexible options for restaurateurs and their customers to address today's healthy living challenges.
The restaurant industry is employing a wide range of strategies to play a positive role in reversing the trend of obesity, including adding more healthful items to menus and providing nutrition information.
Mayor Bloomberg's proposal is another example of consistent targeting of restaurants for excessive regulation and placing bureaucratic mandates on the industry that even some City Council members have called unfair and inconsistent.
Obesity is a complex issue that needs a comprehensive approach. There is no silver bullet, and hyper-regulation such as the mayor's plan misplaces responsibility, infringes upon consumers' freedom of choice, and creates a false sense of accomplishment in the legitimate fight against obesity.
About Dawn Sweeney President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association
Art Carden Assistant Professor of Economics at Rhodes College.
Patrick Basham Co-author 'Diet Nation: Exposing the Obesity Crusade'