The national debate about our country’s weight is often an exercise in playing the blame game. If activists and health officials can successfully pin responsibility for your love handles on anyone other than you (see food companies, beverage makers, restaurants, etc.), the door to freedom-limiting policy prescriptions and frivolous lawsuits swings open wide. But Brian Wansink, the newly appointed Executive Director of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, points out that if sharing tasty treats is really a crime, then most of our family and friends are guilty as charged:
Do food companies put ingredients in their food that they know we will eat and love? Absolutely — they are guilty as charged. So is your grandmother.