Anyone who doubts that the obesity epidemic is real probably hasn’t done much flying lately. It is all too common to have to surrender a sizable portion of your already cramped space to accommodate the overflow from a seatmate. Before you get off the ground, the stewards must pass out seatbelt extenders to passengers whose belts don’t fit and rearrange the seating to put overweight flyers next to an empty seat if one is available, which is rare these days. Airlines have been sued by humiliated passengers who were not allowed on flights or were forced to pay a double fare. All that extra weight has increased the cost of fuel and made flying more expensive for everyone.
My exhausted husband, who just returned from an international business trip, was eager to tell me that two of the meals on his flights on Delta Airlines featured low-carb sides. Neither was billed as such on the menu, but one dinner featured mashed cauliflower, and another was accompanied by a serving of spaghetti squash. He was delighted to have something he could eat and reported that both dishes were quite good. I find it very encouraging that this airline is making an effort to accommodate those of us who prefer an alternative to potatoes, rice, and pasta. And who would be better served than an airline by helping their passengers control their weight?