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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Goobi... Goobieville

Best idea yet. 

Jasmine Galvin

This s redonk! This is America! We should buy what we wanna buy. You wont see the government banning liquor anytime soon. Jack holes

Jasmine Galvin

Instead of getting a supersize drink buy two, the state will get more taxes that way

Erin McQuillan McIlhenny

Ridiculous. Because that's what the mayor of NYC really needs to be wasting his time on. People can only buy smalls, but they can buy as many as they want and get free refills... another pointless peice of legislation if you ask me.

Tina Goff

It's not going to make a difference.  Every resturant and fast food place is still probably going to give free refills.

kisse... kisses5050

it is not a war on obesity..it is a war on choice. be very careful... those of you who think Oh this is a step in the "right direction"

nonmember avatar Lake

Mayor Bloomberg, what a 16 ounce crock !

pflip pflip

Kisses, you said it right. It isn't about anything other than "choice".  Freedoms are being taken away left and right. And yet we sit here and think.. well it's only soda, and it's bad for you so we're only getting rid of something unhealthy. But WHO gets to decide that? I drink 1% milk. So from now on EVERYONE can only drink that. Every other kind of milk is unhealthy. And we won't sell it by the gallon anymore, it's only the quart, because you don't need more than that..... I live in America because I like my freedom. We need to stop allowing our government to take it away.

nonmember avatar Theresa

Americans do little to dispel stereotypes about us. These responses are proof. Sure the ban is pointless in that people can just keep refilling their drinks. And I don't like money being spent on things that won't produce results, but I'm really disgusted at the attacks on the principle of the issue. No one is attacking your freedom of choices. Stop being dramatic and use that organ within your skull. In a country that spends billions on health care relating to the very afflictions caused by our gluttonous, disgusting habits you people need to understand that restrictions are necessary. No one is banning soda or cigarettes. You still have choices. You can choose to pay more to consume large amounts of these products, or you can choose to get your life together and adopt better habits. You want 16oz of a sugary drink? Pay more for it if it's that serious. You want to smoke your life away? Pay more or choose to stop. Having damaging luxury items at cheap prices isn't a right. Stop the nonsense!

Adria... AdrianzStar

Wha?  Seriously?  When are people going to wake up at demand that our government treat us like rational decision making adults?  We aren't 5 yrs old and need a 'grown up' to keep us from getting a tummy ache.  If people want to drink copious amounts of soda, beer, eat partially hydrogenated cheese food product over their canola oil chips... let them.  They are old enough to bear the consquences of their own stupidity.  For people who gripe about climate change and over population... they sure spend a lot of energy 'protecting' people from natures way of 'thinning the herd'.  If you are stupid enough to fart on matches then you deserve to get your butt burned... 

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