I had the weirdest dream last night . . .
MAN CONVICTED FOR FOOD ABUSE
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) December 12, 2008
David Walker will begin a federal prison sentence today after being the first person convicted under the Federal “Nutrition Security Act”.
Walker, 42, was found guilty of eating a double bacon cheeseburger at a local restaurant, then failing to report the meal as exceeding his weekly calorie limit.
Walker’s attorney, Raymond Kroc III, unsuccessfully argued that as an American citizen, Walker has the right to make his own decisions regarding nutrition. United States Attorney Mal Carne said that Walker knew the government guidelines existed, but chose to flout them. “Mr. Walker is not above the law. Congress enacted this legislation because obesity was becoming a serious health problem and a threat to national security. He arrogantly decided to make his own decisions about what to eat, and he will have to pay the price for that.”
The restaurant that sold Walker the sandwich has been fined $50,000 for failing to verify his “foodchip”, the device used by food-selling establishments to ensure compliance with statute, sometimes known as the “Fat Act”. Carne noted that another violation of this kind will likely cause the restaurant to lose it’s federal food service license.