Bloomberg's Soda Ban: Helpful or Too Controlling?
Author: Melissa Lahti
November 27, 2012
We have been hearing in the news lately about Mayor Bloomberg and his ban on soda in New York City. The mayor along with the Board of health has managed to pass a law that will take effect on March 12, 2013, banning any sugary drinks larger than 16oz. This ban will affect any establishment that receives regular health inspections including; restaurants, fast-food establishments, delis, movie theaters, sports stadiums, and food carts. This will not include places like 7-eleven, vending machines, most newsstands, and grocery stores. Diet soda or any drinks that contain more than 70% juice or alcohol will not be included in the ban either. If you love a nice venti Starbucks Frappuccino you can kiss that good-bye also since this ban will pertain to any sugary drinks that contain less than 50% milk.
A recent poll of New Yorkers showed that at least 60% were opposed to the idea of banning the drinks. Although, according to the health department, more than half adult New Yorkers are overweight. This ban on soda is thought to help with this problem. Do you think that banning soda is going to make any difference what so ever? Do you remember when they put the ban on smoking in restaurants and bars? Everyone was so against it but as a non-smoker, I can certainly say it is so nice to be able to go to a bar or restaurant now and not have to smell cigarettes the whole time I’m there.
I feel that if people really insist on having more soda than is allowed, they can get a refill. If a person is served a smaller drink it will help trick the mind into believing they had enough and most will not refill it. We live in a very greedy society where people can’t get enough and are always longing for more. People automatically buy the bigger soda only because they think the smaller won’t be enough. I personally stopped drinking soda a few years back and only have it on rare occasions now and when I do get one I buy the small, keeping in mind I can always refill it if I want more. I rarely end up refilling it and I think back to a few years ago when I used to always get at least a 32oz and refill it every time. There is no doubt that soda is additive and will leave a person always wanting more. It’s time to kick the habit and drink more water.
Thanks to everydayhealth.com for sharing this great comparison on the differences of the two sizes of soda. Notice that the bigger soda has more than double the calories, sugars and sodium. We are poisoning our bodies with this stuff and I say go ahead with the ban. Soon everyone will be used to it just as they got used to the larger drinks when they first appeared on the scene.
CDC United States obesity map. 1990, 2000, 2010