Restaurants Have Gotten A Hall Pass on Obesity, And It Must End

Posted: 08/30/18

In this article, Hank Cardello, a senior fellow of Hudson Institute, argues that the restaurant industry must be held accountable to reduce portion sizes, cut calories, and publicly promote healthier options.

Restaurants have so far been given a pass on healthy options, while the packaged food and beverage industry has been reducing calories and portion size. As 45% of Americans go out to eat each week, the contribution of restaurants to fighting obesity is critical.

Cardello lists several ways in which restaurants can commit to change. If they take them, they will be in far better shape when the dining-out binge ends and consumers become more discriminating about what’s on their plate.