Pop 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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