The obesity class-action and individual lawsuits never really got traction. The Food Police expected to go after Tony the Tiger et al. and the whole thing fizzled, even though 33.3% of American adults are overweight.
But, as Elizabeth Kolbert reveals in the July 20th edition of THE NEW YORKER, there is now emerging compelling evidence of a deliberate effort by the food industry to create cravings for substances that have low nutrition values. The concept is called "eatertainment." It involves, says Kolbert, a reengineering of ingredients to create a pack of a taste wallop in our mouths. That taste experience can establish a craving. Yeah, those tortilla chips as a type of addictive substance. Former head of the FDA David Kessler details that trend in his book "The End of Overeating."
The impetus for these lawsuits could come from those who pick up the health-related costs of obesity - insurance companies, employers, state government and eventually the federal government. If health care is socialized, then you can bet "eatertainment" could become a crime against the people.