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The Sacramento Bee reports that California lawmakers in both the state Senate and Assembly have approved a bill that would ban restaurants and bakeries from using trans fats in their foods; the restaurant ban would go into effect at the beginning of 2010, and the bakery ban would start in 2011. The legislation now goes to the desk of to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has not said whether he will sign or veto the bill.

Democratic Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, a former fourth grade teacher who introduced the legislation, says that the ban could help to fight the state’s high obesity rate, especially in children.

However, the legislation is opposed by the California Restaurant Association says that the bill is misguided and will not have the desired effect.

KC's View:
While I have no conceptual problem with banning trans fats, I do think that such legislation in a vacuum will not work. It isn’t just trans fats. It is food choices. It is portion size. It is sufficient exercise. It is nutritional education in school. It can be addressed through public policy, but only can be effective if addressed by parents with their children.

This is a simplistic answer to a complicated problem.