Are Restaurants Really Supersizing America?
There is an inherent tension in the field of public health: How do you effect the greatest good for the greatest number of people without denying them personal freedom? It might seem reasonable to impose a quarantine during an outbreak of a highly infectious disease with a terrifying fatality rate, but how should regulate factors that contribute to slow killers such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity? The number of restaurants in the United States is at a record high. People eat restaurant food more often than ever before, and people who report high consumption of restaurant food - particularly fast food - are heavier than those who eat food cooked at home.