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New York City May Ban Sodas Larger Than 16 Ounces: Smart or Stupid?

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Bad news, soda lovers. New York City may ban sodas and other sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in a first-in-the-nation move meant to battle obesity. "More than half of NYC adults (58%) are overweight or obese," Mayor Michael Bloomberg tweeted on Thursday. "We're doing something about it."



The ban would outlaw drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants and other eateries, but not grocery stores. And the Board of Health is expected to OK the proposal in the coming months, which would mean a $200 fine for establishments that violate the ban. "Restaurant owners will have nine months from the adoption of the proposal until they face fines," Bloomberg's office said in a statement.

The CDC's National Center for Health Statistics says sugary drinks "have been linked to poor diet quality, weight gain, obesity, and, in adults, type 2 diabetes." And let's face it: In the U.S., a "large" soda often looks more like an extra extra large. Sixteen ounces seems like more than enough. Do you agree? Or do you want the food police to leave you alone?

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  • laura 2012/05/31 20:07:42
    Stupid
    laura
    +12
    Stupid. Just buy two. We do not elect our government officials to take care of us as if we're too stupid to do so ourselves. We elect them to protect and preserve our freedom. Utterly ridiculous.

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  • Iamfree Delete 2012/06/08 17:51:50
    Iamfree
    +1
    It must drive you crazy. Sympathies. :)
  • clewis241 2012/06/03 05:06:30
    Stupid
    clewis241
    +4
    There was an event in Amer. History from 1920-33 called Prohibition. It FAILED. Why? Morality and law do not mix. Bloomberg could ADVISE people to not do an action, but to make a law demanding it, NO WAY. Let people make their decisions and suffer the consequences of their actions. And this "soda ban" only talks about soda. Why not ban fast food, sugary sweets, smoking/tobacco, and large amounts of alcohol? The ban, which is supposed to "fight against obesity" only issues a small SMALL % of that fight. Mayor Bloomberg should spend that $$ elsewhere on say health clinics, and health fairs/programs which would benefit MORE people instead.
  • Brownielover504 2012/06/03 04:34:55
    Stupid
    Brownielover504
    THaTS THEM LOSIN MONEY
  • overseanancy 2012/06/03 04:18:02
    Stupid
    overseanancy
    Seriously? Are we too stupid to decide how much soda we want to drink?
  • Katelin Rose Harris 2012/06/03 03:46:50
    Stupid
    Katelin Rose Harris
    AMERICA IS GETTING FATTER AND FATTER-IDK Y PPL HAVE TO UP PORTION SIZE
  • Katelin... Katelin... 2012/06/03 03:48:49
    Katelin Rose Harris
    whoops sorry didn't read the question well enough-sorry
  • Pam 2012/06/03 03:28:01
    Stupid
    Pam
    This will do no good. If someone wants a big drink, they don't go to a restaurant, they go to a convenience store and get a Big Gulp.
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/03 03:23:24
    Stupid
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    Here at most fast food places.Does not matter what size.It is how many fill ups. I average 3
  • Michaelene 2012/06/03 02:57:29
    Stupid
    Michaelene
    +1
    Once a law makes it onto the books, it expands to give more control to government and less liberty for the people.
    Forcing people to control themselves with a law only hurts those with self control.
  • philly 2012/06/03 02:53:21
    Stupid
    philly
    +1
    Honestly It is not right that they can tell you how much you can drink or not if someone wants to have a drink bigger and they have enough money to pay for all the power to them
  • veronica 2012/06/03 02:41:54
    Stupid
    veronica
    +2
    just stupid
  • KelciLynDiNatale 2012/06/03 02:36:11
    Stupid
    KelciLynDiNatale
    +1
    That's just stupid...and anyways I bet they're going to have some pissed off people
  • Sweetness 2012/06/03 02:01:14
    Stupid
    Sweetness
    +2
    Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
  • Kidasha 2012/06/03 01:32:05
    Stupid
    Kidasha
    personally i don't really care as long as they don't take away free refills
  • mikeyllo 2012/06/03 01:22:53
    Stupid
    mikeyllo
    +2
    I sometimes wonder if people think things through before they rattle off these "ideas." Even if it is a large soda, if paired up with certain burgers and fries, it still has the fewer calories than the other items being consumed. Don't people understand that obesity has to be dealt with on an individual level. That person has to want to change their caloric intake. And if it's a child that is obese, then the parents have to make better food choices. That can't be decided by other people. If no sizes are offered larger than 16 ounces, does that mean a person can't get refills or they can't buy more than one soda if they choose to have more than 16 ounces. For a country that seems to pride itself on "freedoms," there seems to be a lot of people working hard to take away some of the most basic irrelevant ones.
  • Sasssy 2012/06/03 01:15:31
    Stupid
    Sasssy
    +2
    It's the buyers choice. Next they'll be telling you how many squares of toilet tissue to use.
  • addie 2012/06/03 01:12:31
    Smart
    addie
    WTF-ing-F!
  • Sakus<3 2012/06/03 01:04:39
    Stupid
    Sakus<3
    +1
    If the people are paying for it, who cares?
  • Awesome T 2012/06/03 00:29:04
    Stupid
    Awesome T
    +1
    Its not going to end obesity people will just get refills
  • KellyKatra 2012/06/03 00:21:32
    Stupid
    KellyKatra
    +2
    People can choose for themselves what to eat -- if not, that's their problem.
  • HRGROCK 2012/06/03 00:21:20
    Smart
    HRGROCK
    1. it's good for making more money
    2. it's good for the health of the people.
    Even if they don't like it, it sounds like a win-win to me.
  • Bill HRGROCK 2012/06/03 14:19:49
    Bill
    Ah, Winston. You have come along quite well. You will be released from Room 101 now and allowed to return to your life. INGSOC welcomes you back.
  • BloodlessVeins 2012/06/02 23:48:19
    Smart
    BloodlessVeins
    +2
    If you want a bigger soda...refill?
  • mmmholl... Bloodle... 2012/06/03 00:08:09
  • Marvelo... mmmholl... 2012/06/03 03:59:27
    Marvelous Wildfire
    BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO!
    Clear! Concise! And spot on!
  • mmmholl... Marvelo... 2012/06/03 21:05:59
    mmmhollywould
    +1
    Thank you
  • Bloodle... mmmholl... 2012/06/06 00:40:24
    BloodlessVeins
    That wasn't very nice.
  • mmmholl... Bloodle... 2012/06/08 21:29:38
    mmmhollywould
    I was not trying to be nice. Your asking for more government infringements on my personal freedoms.
  • Bloodle... mmmholl... 2012/06/08 21:38:55
    BloodlessVeins
    They take over everything. Might as well find a solution, because "land of the free" is long past bs.
  • David 2012/06/02 23:23:16
    Stupid
    David
    +1
    We should just ban fat people instead. Or put more limitations on food corporations.
  • Nabael 2012/06/02 22:54:38
    Smart
    Nabael
    I actually think it is a good idea, as most people (when tempted) will buy more soda then they need if it is offered.
    And it is already proven that Obesity and Diabetes is sky rocketing in the USA because of the level of sugar and fat we put in everything.
    Perhaps this can be a step towards helping people's pancreas.
  • mmmholl... Nabael 2012/06/03 00:08:58
    mmmhollywould
    +3
    I should have the RIGHT to buy whatever I want regardless of whether it is good for me or not!
  • Marvelo... Nabael 2012/06/03 04:13:22
    Marvelous Wildfire
    +1
    Wouldn't a "One-Hamburger-Per-Month" registry be more reasonable?
    Why not be even more reasonable, and make foodstamps only usable for basic food items: flour, corn meal, beans, rice, meat fish, milk. No prepackaged anything?

    That creeping tyranny has always got to appear "reasonable".
  • RoyJLores 2012/06/02 22:36:06
    Stupid
    RoyJLores
    +3
    The government has no business telling anyone especially adults what they can and cannot eat or drink. Only braindead hardcore Statist who want the government to tell them what to think,say. do, eat and in short micromanage every aspect of their lives are in love with this retarded idea.
  • Awesome T RoyJLores 2012/06/03 00:30:27
    Awesome T
    +1
    that's right
  • Jay Calderone 2012/06/02 22:12:42
    Stupid
    Jay Calderone
    +4
    People shouldn't be having that much soda, of course, but it's not the government's job to take care of us. First it'll be changes that are arguably good for us, but then what'll they take away? freedom of speech? freedom of religion?
    big brother is watching you
  • BattleBunnys 2012/06/02 22:06:08
    Stupid
    BattleBunnys
    +2
    Just because you don't approve of something, doesn't mean you should rid yourselves of it completely.
  • KoolGuyL 2012/06/02 21:57:43
    Stupid
    KoolGuyL
    A tax would be okay, but this is going to far.
  • Marvelo... KoolGuyL 2012/06/03 04:26:37
    Marvelous Wildfire
    Why would yet another TAX be okay?
  • james.bowman.146 2012/06/02 21:15:01
    Stupid
    james.bowman.146
    Prohibition of anything has never worked. Ever.

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