New York City Plans Ban on All Large Sodas and Sugary Drinks; Miami Should Be Next

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In a monumental strike against the obesity epidemic, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced plans for a city-wide ban on all sugary soft drinks larger than 16 ounces during an interview in the Governor's Room at City Hall yesterday.

The proposed ban would affect most enterprises that peddle the empty-calorie beverages, from fast-food franchises, to sports arenas, movie theaters, food carts and delis. Not just carbonated sodas but sweetened teas, sweetened "fruit" drinks, and sports drinks would also be affected by the ban. Not included in the ban are diet drinks, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, alcoholic beverages, or sodas sold in convenience or grocery stores.

This is not the first of Bloomberg's initiatives to promote public health during his 11 years in office. Extensive smoking bans, posting health inspectors' grades in restaurant windows, trans fat bans in restaurants, and posting calorie counts on restaurant menus are among the other groundbreaking measures the mayor has launched in the city. The new ban on large soft drinks is viewed as nearly sure to pass and could take effect as soon as March of next year.

Here is what Bloomberg had to say about the ban, as quoted by the New York Times yesterday:
"Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, 'Oh, this is terrible.' New York City is not about wringing your hands; it's about doing something," he said. "I think that's what the public wants the mayor to do."
The New York City beverage association is less than happy with the proposal, and initiatives like this one have earned the mayor the nickname "Nanny Bloomberg" from people who think such restrictions infringe on personal freedom. But the fact is that no one -- no one -- benefits from drinking beverages loaded with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial colors and flavors. In fact, scientific studies show a definite and direct correlation between sugary beverage consumption and obesity in both children and adults.

Judging by the disturbing eating habits North Miami middle school students confessed to me earlier this week, I think it's time Miami-Dade County took some similar steps to protect the health of its residents. After all, the "freedom" to become obese, develop degenerative diseases, and become a burden on the health care system (read: other taxpayers) infringes on the freedoms of fellow citizens, does it not? (Taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid pay for well over a third of the annual $150 billion cost of obesity-related medical bills in this country.)

Better yet, let's not wait for someone to tell us we're not allowed to buy sodas. Let's just not buy sodas. Let's drink water. What could be simpler than that?

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Green_lantern702000
Green_lantern702000

Here's a thought, it might be a little out there so bare with me. How about people mind there own business? IF I want a 64oz drink with a large fry and grease dripping hamburger from some fast food joint that's my business an nobody else's. Everyone's health conscious these days, it not like the fat & calories your eating arent stamped on the box or somewhere in the store. Whoever thinks eating at McDonalds or Burger King is actually healthy is lying. No one is making me eat at the burger joint, I'm responsible for my own actions... Not everyone on the block!

Schwettin
Schwettin

Everyone of us would do well to learn to "eat less and move more," but Prohibition didn't work in the 1920's and it won't work now either. It's a dumb law, designed in a world in which all too many people believe in the power of big government to micro-manage the lives of individuals.

Leanne
Leanne

Also, the fake sugars added into diet soda's make them more dangerous than a regular soda, but whatever.. Promote internal combustion, and take away a person's ability to get a drink any size they want it. This all makes so much sense..

AprilEvans
AprilEvans

So this man feels he can tell other people what to do with their lives? All in the name of reducing obesity. Wow, and here I was thinking I lived in America, not communist China. Silly me, soon the government will be telling us when we can have sex

davee44
davee44

DON'T BLAME THE SUGAR...LEARN THE TRUTHThe food was changed in the USA, UK and Australia 30 years ago when dangerous food chemicals from the USA was allowed into European. The food today causes stubborn insulin If you have stubborn insulin you hold fat and have a hard time losing weight. You can eat very little and the weight still does not come off. Stubborn insulin will hold fat and diets won't work. When researchers used a specialized diabetes diet on overweight people all lost weight even those who did not have diabetes.

Just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

SEE YAA
SEE YAA

Stupid "ban". So if you ban people from buying a "16 oz drink", what's going to stop them from buying two 12 oz. drinks? Bloomberg needs to focus on other more important issues than dictating how much "soda" people should drink, what an asshole.

lightandlove50
lightandlove50

DON'T BLAME THE SUGAR...LEARN THE TRUTHThe food was changed in the USA, UK and Australia 30 years ago when dangerous food chemicals from the USA was allowed into European. The food today causes stubborn insulin If you have stubborn insulin you hold fat and have a hard time losing weight. You can eat very little and the weight still does not come off. Stubborn insulin will hold fat and diets won’t work. When researchers used a specialized diabetes diet on overweight people all lost weight even those who did not have diabetes.

Just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

lightandlove50
lightandlove50

DON'T BLAME THE SUGAR...LEARN THE TRUTHThe food was changed in the USA, UK and Australia 30 years ago when dangerous food chemicals from the USA was allowed into European. The food today causes stubborn insulin If you have stubborn insulin you hold fat and have a hard time losing weight. You can eat very little and the weight still does not come off. Stubborn insulin will hold fat and diets won’t work. When researchers used a specialized diabetes diet on overweight people all lost weight even those who did not have diabetes.

See here http://spirithappy.org

wpc375
wpc375

As someone who drinks nothing but water, beer and an occasional Diet Coke I

A) Agree with the ban and all it represents.B) Don't agree with you telling me how to live.

Miami Eat
Miami Eat

So you agree with a law that dictates what people can and cannot do, but not someone expressing an opinion on what people should or should not do? Okay.

kirkslade
kirkslade

I agree with the both of you. Spin it this way. You can drink as much soda as you want, but diabetes treatment will not be paid to the uninsured that are severely overweight.

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