Neither of my children are even close being obese and have never suffered from being over weight. I take some credit for that.
If you ask my children, they will admit to hating me at times. Each time was probably in a restaurant in Germany. I would let them order a drink with the meal. When it arrive, I would let them take a sip and then put the glass out of reach until the food arrived. Children tend to drain drinks out of boredom, rather than thirst. That can be an expensive habit for a parent in Germany, where drinks were small and prices high.
For that reason, my children loved to visit the Land of Big Drinks and Free Re-Fills. I never moved the glass (paper cup) out of reach during our visits to the United States. Despite the a weakness of free re-fills, I have some sympathy for Michael Bloomberg.
I recall reading somewhere that dogs will keep eating until they gorge themselves. I guess that humans are no different, as proven by fast food and drink consumption statistics from the United States. And, once again, it’s all about the money: bigger drinks and portion sizes mean more profit for someone.
I particularly liked this line from the above-linked article in The New Yorker:
“The consequences of those extra ounces don’t matter to the market—as we learned from the tobacco industry, killing your customers is just fine for the bottom line, as long as you don’t do it too quickly.”
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.