It's the first step in a wave, y'all. And here comes the fucking wave.
Change the bill to read that kids can't eat in a fast food place without a parent or guardian, and prohibit them from getting the most fattening, unhealthy items on the menu. Yep, start with the kids, and then you can hit the adults.
Public interest law professor John Banzhaf, who filed the first of ten now-successful fat law suits, and counseled on others as well as inspiring and appearing in "Super Size Me," has been called "the Ralph Nader of junk food," "the man who is taking fat to court," "a major crusader against big tobacco and now among those targeting the food industry," and "the man big tobacco and now fast food love to hate." He has written to the bill's sponsors asking them to refocus the bill.
Didn't take long at all, did it?
Banzhaf suggests that the bill be focused exclusively on children, arguing that "While most people have a very strong and almost visceral objection to any governmental restrictions imposed to protect their own health from their own bad judgments, we have a long tradition of protecting children from the own inability to make mature judgments."
Yep, the government needs to do this for TEH CHILDRENZ because, obviously, their parents aren't. And WTF do we know about raising kids anyway? We've only been doing it just fine, for the most part, for how many thousands of years now?
The rest of the article is just so much bullshit that I can't bring myself to quote it. All I want to do is rage and swear and throw things. I just used up a couple of years' worth of Sanity Watchers points reading that garbage.