In response to the news that next week the Food and Drug Administration will propose rules requiring chain restaurants nationwide to post calorie counts for the food they sell, Slate contributor Nicholas Bagley writes:
Posting calorie counts won't push people out of chain restaurants and into their kitchens. It won't eliminate the food deserts that make it hard for people to buy healthy food. It won't stop people from guzzling soda packed with high-fructose corn syrup. It won't encourage exercise or reshape neighborhoods to make them more conducive to play. And it certainly won't end the farm subsidies that make it cheaper to buy junk food than real food. Combating obesity requires a mammoth social commitment, the success of which will depend (among other things) on reversing decades-long trends away from home cooking and toward processed foods and restaurant meals. Posting calorie counts just doesn't cut it.
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