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Calorie Counting in MoCo

The Montgomery County Council's two-hour discussion yesterday afternoon about legislation designed to encourage diners to make healthier food choices revealed much about the bad eating habits of committee members: Council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda) loves burgers at Johnny Rockets and chocolate-glazed doughnuts at Starbucks; Council member George Leventhal (D-At Large) is a frequent visitor to Baskin Robbins and well versed in the 31 flavors.

What the health committee meeting did not do, however, was provide further insight into the fate of the bill that would require hundreds of chain restaurants in the county to list nutritional information on their menus or menu boards.

Faced with questions and alternatives posed by representatives from the Maryland Restaurant Association, the three-member committee decided to defer action on the bill and hold another worksession in the coming weeks. That means that if the measure gets out of committee, the full council likely won't see the bill until mid-October.

The committee did resolve several minor issues, including a decision to exclude wine lists and some other alcoholic beverages from any nutritional requirements.

Said Berliner, "I find it odd that one would have the calories of a vodka martini."

By Ann Marimow  |  September 25, 2007; 5:14 AM ET
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Firstly, you can make healthiER choices and still have ice cream and donuts every once in a while. The problems come when they're *frequent* additions to your diet.

Argh, I'm seeing a slippery slope wherein we're going to get to the point where there's a scale on the way into places -- oh, you're 5'8" and 145 lbs? Here, this is your menu; you're 5'6" and 200 lbs? You can order from this other menu here.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2007 9:39 AM | Report abuse

The obesity task force should be working with the school system. The kids there are very eager to learn.

Posted by: Robin Ficker of Robin Realty | September 26, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

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