New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has a reported weakness for red wine and Nathan's Famous hot dogs, has thrown his weight behind behind a plan to help other New Yawkers trim down and not keel over from a heart attack. The city's Dept. of Healthy and Mental Hygiene is calling for restaurants to eliminate trans fats, found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, from their ingredient lists. The change would help fight heart disease, the city's biggest killer since Mayor Rudy helped cut the homicide rate in the '90s.
The citywide trans fat attack wasn't the only item on the Mayor's political diet recently. Bloomberg also attended a ribbon-cutting last week for Weight Watchers, which opened a new HQ in Manhattan's Flatiron District, bringing 100 new jobs to the city from Long Island. And efforts to shed a bit of his own fat were reported in a New York Times story over the weekend. According to aides, Bloomberg has lost 10 pounds and is getting ready for the upcoming campaign season, where he'll no doubt be downing plenty of chicken dinners.
One tip from the DWG: Given your weiner weakness, quit hanging around guys like world hot-dog eating champion Takeru Kobayashi (right) and IFOCE-ranked contender Eric "Badlands" Booker. (IFOCE, by the way, stands for International Federation of Competitive Eating...probably my best shot at a medal of any sort in 2005) (DWG Weight: 232 pounds)