Omnivore - The healthy eating debate crosses the restaurant threshold

Should high end restaurants strive for healthy eating?


All of a sudden, restaurants, those temples of wish fulfillment and gluttony, are under fire for being too unhealthy. On Monday the New York Times reported that Michelle Obama has taken her fight with obesity to the National Restaurant Association. But that's not the first we've heard of it.

Of course, fast food restaurants have long been the subject of scrutiny when it comes to the health of our nation. Mid priced, chain restaurants have had their share of bashing on the subject as well. But high end restaurants have mainly stayed out of the conversation. Why? I don't know. The same reason flight attendants love to pour champagne down the gullets of first class passengers but if you order a second scotch in coach they look at you like you're a hobo (in other words, because rich people get a pass)? Because they're considered a once-in-a-while treat that very few people could reasonably eat enough of to make that much of a difference?