CHICAGO (CBS) — A lot of noise in town tonight — burping and belching about attendance being down at the Taste of Chicago.

Hardly 2 million people at the Taste, 300,000 fewer than last year. The food sellers, the Park District, the mayor -– all of them belching bad news about the Taste.

`Scuse my belch, but I think it’s good news that fewer people were at the Taste, stuffed themselves with French fries, garlic fries and fried dough; popcorn, caramel corn, cheese corn and cheeseburgers; and sausage-and-cheese pizza; and sugar rolls and chocolate-chip crunch-dippers, while obesity in Chicago is more than double the national average.

Children in Chicago between the ages of 3 and 13: 50 percent of them are obese -– 50 percent.

Fewer children at the Taste of Chicago may mean fewer children heading toward heart disease, liver disease, brain disease or breast or colon cancer. The news can’t get any better than that.

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