In a lame effort to combat childhood obesity, the state of Massachusetts recently attempted to outlaw bake sales on school property at all the state’s public schools. But Governor Deval Patrick backed down in response to massive public outcry, and the prohibition was rescinded before it went into effect.
Now professional busybody Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, has come up with a new scheme to limit the size of soft drinks that can be sold at restaurants, delis, fast-food joints, and movie theaters in the city. Overweight people offend the mayor’s delicate aesthetic sensibilities, and therefore he feels it necessary to crack down on them — for their own good, naturally. Making it illegal to sell soft drinks in cups larger than 16 ounces is just phase one of his campaign to make all New Yorkers as svelte as runway models. There’s no telling what will be the next target in Nanny Bloomberg’s crosshairs, but the smart money is on the all-you-can-eat buffet.