The “blaming restaurants for obesity” crowd is taking aim at the plate again. While popular chains strive to please customers by providing value in a competitive marketplace, industry critics prefer to lambaste the dinner rather than advise the diner to use common sense. “If we pay for it, we feel obligated to eat it,” one nutrition professor claims. “That interferes with our effort to keep weight under control.” Fortunately, nothing interferes with a request for a “doggie” bag, a diet soda or a smaller serving. (“Controlling portions is difficult for dieters in jumbo-sized era,” Dallas Morning News, 9/12/00)