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Weighing the Value of Law

Newsweek columnists Barbara Kantrowitz and Pat Wingert took the measure of two controversial laws aimed at weight, one a French proposal that would ban advocating "extreme thinness" (text here) and the other a New York City regulation that requires chain restaurants to post calorie counts.  Although the rules fall at opposite ends of the scale, their supporters share a belief that legislation can contribute to the battles against anorexia and obesity, respectively. 

As the article notes, your favorite law professor is skeptical about the wisdom of outlawing speech very likely to originate with eating disorder sufferers themselves. 

And as for prominently posted calorie counts, I recently noticed an accusatory 410-calorie sign standing between me and a Starbucks brownie.  Reader, I ate it anyway.