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Does The Bloomberg Proposal Have A Chance Of Helping With Obesity And Habits?
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Does the Bloomberg Proposal Have A Chance Of Helping With Obesity And Habits?

Mayor Bloomberg's plan for New York City is fairly simple: ban over sized soft drinks. The reasoning is simple: soda, loaded with sugar, high fructose corn syrup and high in calories has no nutritional value and is at least partially to blame for the rampant obesity epidemic in the nation. In the state, sixty percent of the population is obese. In the city, the number is just over twenty percent. Both of those numbers have dramatically risen in the past ten years according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bloomberg's plan is not without its critics however. The New York City Beverage Association has publicly lashed out claiming that sodas and other drinks are being singled out unfairly but the proponents of the plan say that it is only a logical, reasonable way of limiting some of the availability of huge sodas. The drinks will be affected at public venues like restaurants, movie theaters and sports arenas but will not have any bearing on the size of drinks that you can buy at stores of any kind. For instance, critics have worried that two liter bottles of soda would be banned under the proposal but this is not the case. Sodas in grocers and in local bodegas will be allowed to be sold in the current sizes without restriction on amounts or types.

Nutritionists are heralding the proposed ban as a major plus because it slows people down and makes them make a conscious decision. If they buy a 16 ounce soda (the upper limit under the ban), and finish it during the event they are at or during a restaurant meal they may have to make the decision of either buying a second soda of the same or smaller size, finishing the meal without a drink or switching to water, coffee or tea. No matter which of these they choose, they are forced to actually concentrate and make that choice. They are not mindlessly drinking thirty two ounces of soda or more.

Some call it just another example of "nanny state" government while others applaud. It is worrisome to some that is has got to this state, that this is even a necessary step in the first place. But, with obesity numbers climbing and the amount of medical care for those people rising with it, something has to be done. Waiting for education to work is failing and whether the proposal passes or fails, people are certainly talking about it.


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Common sense goes a long way. :)

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  about 8 years ago

Unfortunately there are far too many people who just will not use common sense and then shout about it being their right to choose to guzzle soda after soda.

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  about 8 years ago

I am with you on this Amie

  
  about 8 years ago

This is just the first step to fascism. First they tell us what we can and can't drink, and the next thing you know they tell us what we can and can't think. There are bigger problems to battle than daily calorie intake.

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  about 8 years ago

Obesity costs billions of dollars a year in health care costs as well as the loss of work time. No one is telling anyone what they can and cannot drink- only limiting the amount that can be sold in public venues. That is the problem, no one pays attention to the whole story before they start shouting fascism. You can still guzzle soda at home until you weigh a ton. You can still buy all of the soda that you want in public places, you just have to actually make a conscious decision to buy a second or third soda. Perhaps that would slow a few people down from guzzling nearly their entire day's calories and more sugar than a person really needs. Many of the bigger problems to battle start with the over consumption of sugar and other unhealthy foods.

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  about 8 years ago

Still, why spend all that money on limiting people's choices? Why not spend that same money on education? The Chinese government is doing the same things here - telling individual citizens what is and isn't good for them and saying that limiting their choices is for the 'good of the country', or 'for the greater good'. This law represents an attack on American ideals. If I want to be fat and stupid, that's my choice. The problem is that someone who drinks 12 gallons of Pepsi every day doesn't really understand what they're doing to their body. That much we can agree. Giving them the right tools to make better choices is the way to go, not babysitting them at the gas station.

  
  about 8 years ago
Johnney  

Nice article. I read another a few days ago. I never considered the "having to make a choice" slant, surely a good point. If media treated eating healthy and making sound nutritional choices as sexy and attractive as eating rubbish things might be different. Yes it is a shame that a proposal such as this is even being put on the table. It very well may have some positive affect, but I fear that people who have a sugar addiction, and that's a large part of the population, are gonna find ways to get their fix. Unfortunate.

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  about 8 years ago

I agree. I think they are getting all worked up though- because they think they are getting soda taken away from them completely. That's not true- if these people would just stop for a second they would realize that.

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  about 8 years ago
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