Michelle Obama's campaign to reduce childhood obesity campaign to control what you eat at home, school and restaurant strikes again. Darden Restaurants Inc. which includes Longhorn Steak House, the Olive Garden, Red Lobster, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52, has succumbed to the First Lady's demands and will pledge to reduce the calories and sodium in all its meals by 10 percent over five years, and by 20 percent over 10 years in restaurants that serve more than 400 million meals annually.
For children, French fries and sugar-sweetened beverages will become the exception and not the rule.
All kids’ meals will automatically come with a side of fruit or vegetables and eight ounces of 1 percent milk unless an adult requests a substitute, Drew Madsen, president and chief operating officer of Orlando, Fla.-based Darden, told The Associated Press.
The Capital Grille and Seasons 52 do not have children’s menus. (Boston Herald)
What? No children allowed? Just recently there was a national outcry when a restaurant owner announced that there were no children allowed in his restaurant, McDain’s Restaurant and Golf Center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. The Liberals howled 'discrimination', it's 'unfair' they shouted. Support surged for the restaurant from customers who were thrilled to have a place to dine without screaming urchins sitting next to them, spewing slobber, snot, tears, and food. I doubt McDains worries about reducing their calorie count 2% over 10 years either.
The movement toward 'no children allowed' or 'adults only' restaurants is growing, and not just for restaurants. There is a new one in Nashville and if you do a search you will find them popping up across the nation.
As to restaurants cutting back on their calories and salt, anyone who cooks knows that the original-special-secret recipe of the restaurant won't taste exactly the same and customers may complain -- or speak with their money and go to another restaurant. Wouldn't it be easier to simply carry on as usual and post the calorie count or sodium count, and allow customers to decide for themselves?
Lastly, why is it Michelle Obama's business where we eat, where parents take their children to eat, and what they eat? It is none of her business, especially when we all know what Michelle pigs out on in the White House eating lobster and caviar, drinking cases of champagne, expensive wines and other alcohol, on her many vacations, and all of it is paid for by taxpayers.
We should be telling HER what to eat, not the other way around.