The Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce Tuesday new rules that will require chain restaurants and other food outlets to list the caloric content of the dishes on their menus. Movie theaters and pizza chains would also be included in the ruling. Details about the announcement are in this article from the New York Times. The reasoning behind the ruling is the belief that if customers know the number of calories in the food they eat, they will make more healthful choices and perhaps help turn around the country's obesity epidemic.
My question is: Why limit the ruling to chain restaurants?
There are plenty of fat people walking around who wouldn't be caught having a heart attack in a Burger King or Applebee's. One is just as able to eat too much in an independently owned eatery. No one is more aware of that than I. I know that among the chefs who prepare the wonderful food we have in this town there most likely isn't even one with a nutritionist background. It isn't their job to provide a nutritiously balance meal. It's their job to impress the diners with ample amounts of delicious food, often made tastier with the addition of flavorful fats.