FATLASH Author to Mayor Bloomberg: "Butt Out"

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Two liter bottles of soda with your pizza delivery are the latest casualty in a long list of food dictates imposed or proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Karen Kataline, author of FATLASH! Food Police & the Fear of Thin says it won't be long before Bloomberg is dictating what you can put on that pizza or whether you can have it at all.

by Karen Kataline, MSW

FATLASH! Food Police & the Fear of Thin

It won't be long before we are told which toppings will be allowed on our pizzas or whether pizza will be allowed at all.

The New York Post reported this week that two liter bottles of soda with pizza deliveries will be prohibited as a result of the growing list of food bans imposed or proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Other items on his list are styrofoam cups, soda in containers larger than 16 ounces, trans fats and salt, but that appears to be just the beginning. Karen Kataline, author of FATLASH! Food Police & the Fear of Thin says Bloomberg's voracious appetite for overreach will keep growing until New Yorkers tell him to step away from our dinner tables and "butt out."

"When did it become the job of a mayor to tell the citizenry what to have for lunch?" Kataline says that food restrictions actually rob people of personal control thereby contributing to eating disorders and weight problems." She cites a black market on chocolate syrup which emerged after a ban on junk food was imposed on some California schools.

"The only ban that is appropriate is one on bureaucrats like Mayor Bloomberg. It must be made clear that it is not for them to dictate to others what they may or may not consume and in what containers they may consume it. If self-appointed food police are not told to "butt out," it won't be long before we are told which toppings will be allowed on our pizzas or whether pizza will be allowed at all."

In FATLASH! Food Police & the Fear of Thin, Kataline writes of her own experience with a "stage mother on steroids" who put her seven-year-old daughter on a 500 calorie per day diet. Kataline goes on to say that this was a major contributing factor in a serious weight problem that developed in her teens. She says Bloomberg and people like him are creating similar problems but on a grand scale.

"Mayor Bloomberg wasn't elected to be New York's nutritionist but even if he was, he makes the standard mistakes. He blames certain types of food, infantilizes people and attempts to make them dependent on external controls thereby removing personal responsibility. It's folly to think that one can force others into self-restraint but Bloomberg has shown no restraint in his method of governance. Perhaps he ought to be put on a 'dictator diet.'"

Karen Kataline, MSW received her master's degree from Columbia University and has practiced in a variety of non-profit and corporate settings. She has been an assertiveness trainer and public speaking coach for a Manhattan communications firm and has taught communications and public speaking at the New School for Social Research, Parsons School of Design in New York, New Jersey's Montclair State College, and Fairleigh Dickenson University, among others. She also lends her operatic voice to a variety of fundraisers and community events. Fatlash! is her first book.

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