For a counterpoint, you can read Evelyn’s “rant” over at CarbSanity. Me, I don’t get (or agree with) Evelyn on this one. Her wheelhouse is science, and I think when she gets into history and policy, she’s just another person with an opinion that she’s making forcefully (I see similarities to Woo’s take on CIH between the two).
I do NOT think that nanny statism is the way to go. Frankly, I don’t think our government has the ability to create policy that wouldn’t be squashed like a bug by our food lobby.
ordering carrot cake and ice cream after a steak may never have been a particularly healthy decision, but now it’s a mistake that costs you more than a day’s worth of extra calories. This up-ratcheting of caloric density is the result of specific, deliberate action by food companies. Rather than using food science to make food more flavorful with fewer calories, they’ve used it to manufacture food that is so calorific it practically has a gravitational pull.
I suspect that it’s really going to be a grass roots effort that will help to bring about change. Some food literacy work for sure, but more about putting market pressure on the food industry.
As they say over at He Ain’t Heavy, why aren’t we angrier?