Super-Sized Soda Ban Is a Go but It Won’t Make Us Thinner

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sodaPop goes the super-sized soda pop: The NYC Board of Health approved Mayor Bloomberg's proposed ban on sales of sugary drinks over 16 ounces at movie theatres, fast-food restaurants, cafeterias, concession stands, and just about everywhere else. (Interestingly, 7-Eleven is exempt because the chain doesn't receive letter grades from the Health Department, so the Big Gulp stays!)

Okay, so obviously the ban has its supporters, or it wouldn't be going into effect in six months. But it seems like most New Yorkers are against the big bust -- even non-soda drinkers are outraged on principle (Bloomberg, you are NOT the boss of me!). Personally, I don't think it matters either way. Because banning people from choosing a jumbo cola at the multiplex isn't going to make a dent in the obesity epidemic -- it's not even going to make people drink less soda!

Let's face it: If people want more soda, they're going to drink more soda -- even if they have to get up in the middle of a ball game or whatever else to buy another 16-oz. fix of high-fructose fizz, as opposed to slurping away uninterrupted at a 32-oz. beverage. What, is Bloomberg's next step going to be limiting the number of sodas one person is allowed to buy within a certain period of time? Will people have to show their driver's licenses when they order an extra-large root beer?

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Never mind the fact that there's a lot more to this whole obesity thing than soda. The stuff has been around for a loooooong time, remember? It just doesn't make sense. But I suppose for a "fat" cat like Bloomberg, making up inane rules is a lot easier than actually looking at the socioeconomic part of the obesity equation. Let them eat cake! (But just a small piece.)

Do you think the super-sized soda ban will do anything to make people lose weight?


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Saphi... SaphiraJFire

He is taking away peoples freedom. I am not a big soda drinker at all I am more water and that is it, BUT  if you do like soda I and no one else has a right to say what you want to buy. I do not care at all if you want to buy 10 sodas and drink them all at one time who cares.

This is supposed to be the land of the free we are slowly turning into a police state where everything you do at all is monitored and controlled by big brother. That Mayor has no right at all to take away basic freedoms like this its wrong and I will never go to new york again for any reason ever ever again in any way shape or form.

It to me is now a sick place to be, where if a fart wrong I will get in trouble.

Ellen Cohan Young

No, and I'm tired of being told that I can or cannot have something.  Cigarettes are bad for you, and cause cancer.  Idon't see them banning them.  Just saying....

coral... coralstrr

Why do you think cigarettes are like $15 a pack in NY because they are taxing youto smoke and ciggs are just about banned everywhere. I think there are much better things ourpoleticians should be doing than banning soda.

ktmch... ktmchakra

This is absolutely ridiculous.  I have every right to drink a 2 liter of soda if i want to.  No, it isn't good for me, however, I am (or at least, at some point, I was) a free human being.  I have (or had) rights.  While this really isn't a big issue for me personally as I don't often drink soda, the notion behind it is.  I do not need the government to decide what is good for me.  If I want to gorge myself and drink a huge soda, that's my business.  The government shouldn't have any say in my diet. 

nonmember avatar Michelle

For all of you out there who think this is ridiculous? I'd like to ask you what YOUR proposition is to solve the obesity crisis. NO, this ban won't INITIALLY solve anything. BUT, it is a step in the right direction. I agree with Em and ImaSoulMom...our future generations think 32oz. is NORMAL! Hmmmm...and people think Bloomberg is an idiot. Sorry, America...if you want to keep feeding your fat ass with pop, it's still a free country. That's not what this is intended to do. But don't come bacl bitching and whining when YOU wind up with diabetes or cancer because you claim the government didn't step in to do something about how our food is regulated in this country.

leona24 leona24

The fattys will find their fix elsewhere then

nonmember avatar M

Sorry, but if you are on welfare of ANY kind, guess what? Your diet IS my business. If you choose to destroy your body and weigh 400 pounds, you are costing ME money with your trips to the doctor, the 15 meds you're on, the surgeries you need because you chose to get that fat. The idea of freedom has become a bit skewed in this country. Poor you! You have a government who is trying to make your life better! The current obesity crisis should at least tell us that we, as Americans, are JUST TOO STUPID to make good decisions anymore! And I am sure every obese person in America will have SOMEONE to blame. Uh, no one held a gun to your head and MADE you drink your 32oz. soda with your Big Mac.

Tracy Shannon

Notice Bloomberg has made no moves to ban cigarettes. Yes we have restrictions on where we can smoke, but he has NEVER indicated a ban on cigs. All one has to do is look at the amount of taxes raised by cigarettes to get the answer. He is a little man both in body and mind.

zandh... zandhmom2

I rarely drink soda so the size isn't really an issue with me but I do have a problem with the general idea of restricting people of their "own choices".  Right now it may be something that you agree with but what happens when it is something you don't agree with.  Government should not be involved in our personal lives on a daily bases.  I'm not sure if I can trust people who are regularly getting busted for doing drugs, DUI's, having affairs and cheating the own government they work for. Yea, I trust their judgement over my own!

there... theresaphilly

Just order two 16 oz. and you will be good.


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