By Benjamin Barr
This week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors decided to pass an ordinance banning fast food restaurants from giving out toys with certain children’s meals. You might have guessed it – there’s an alarming government emergency driving this ban: Childhood obesity. That’s right, fat kids are coming to a city near you soon.
Eric Mar, the City Supervisor who proposed the ordinance, explained that the “epidemic of childhood obesity in this country is making people sick, making our kids sick, particularly kids from low-income neighborhoods.” His solution: Give government the authority to wedge itself between parents and children in the name of public health.
“Food justice” is a term keenly kicked about by Mar, which amounts to government deciding how parents may feed their children. The movement has taken some time to develop, with the city of Tiburon, California being the first to ban trans fat oils in 2005, followed by a slew of other jurisdictions. “Food justice” amounts to a form of dietary paternalism – government knows best how to feed you and your family.
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