Mayor Bloomberg: Backlash to Soda Portion Ban?

NYC may be the first city in the world to ban the sale of sodas and other sugary beverages that exceed 16 ounces served in food establishments, such as restaurants, movies, sports stadiums, delis and street carts.  This would mean no more super-sized drinks.  But the ban would not affect drinks sold in grocery stores nor diet drinks, fruit juices, milkshakes, and alcoholic beverages.  The thinking behind it all: cut portions, especially those from empty calories – a major contributor to our obesity epidemic.  Lots of backlash to the proposed ban: (1) sugary drinks can still be purchased in an over-sized form through grocery stores, plus (2) a 16 ounce portion contains a hefty amount of calories (190-220 kcal) and added sugar (48-52 g) per serving.  So then, will the ban really make a difference?  To all of the naysayers and those in the beverage industry… I say, yes it will!  Who wants to be seen double-fisting 16 ounce drinks at a baseball game?  I mean, one of those hands has to hold a hotdog 🙂  If Mayor Bloomberg can help people make healthier choices, why shouldn’t he?  Feel free to respond (or retort) by added your comment to our Daily Briefing.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Steve Burnell on June 6, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I strongly disagree with this ban. The reason merchants sell a product is because there is demand for it. People have the right to choose what they put into their body. If you want people to not have the giant cup of soda, then educate them so they DECIDE that THEY don’t want it. This is not a decision for a mayor to make and a great example of government trying to micromanage our lives and slowly dwindle away at our freedoms – even if the intent is to make people healthier.

    Mayor Bloomberg isn’t helping people make healthier choices, he’s taking away peoples’ ability to choose for themselves.


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