How Far is TOO Far?


As mentioned today in class, New York has passed a regulation banning sales of big sodas and other sugary drinks from restaurants, concession stands, and other eateries. But, will this step really "curb obesity" like Mayor Bloomberg says?


To me the Board of Health in New York City is taking it too far. Are these larger sized bottles of soda and sugary drinks really affecting the weight of Americans? Should the mayor and health board be controlling the things we as Americans eat and drink?  Or, are they taking it a step too far?

An article I found online said doctors consider this as "another pioneering step for public health." The article also went into depth on how much a 20oz of coke has in calories compared to the 16oz bottle, which is the new regulation size on cups and bottles of these non-diet sodas, sweetend teas, and other calorie packed beverages in New York City.

In a TIME magazine article online it said that fighting obesity is one of the mayors signature causes, but I think there are larger issuse at hand than obesity, especially when there are numerous causes of obesity. On WebMD there is a list of factors that influence obesity, such as your genes, self-esteem, and over eating. So why single out sugared sodas?


There are petittions out that are being signed opposing this soda plan, but what are your thoughts on this? If states begin to control what people drink, will they take it further and regulate what we eat? What is the limit to the power our health boards and mayors have over our consumption of food and drinks? Should we be concerned of stronger measures that may come into affect in order to "curb obesity" in the future? 




I think this whole thing is pretty ridiculous. Sugary drinks are not single-handedly making the nation obese. Taking soda off the market isn't going to magically make America thinner. Not only is it wrong to take the option away from the people, many of whom aren't even obese, but it isn't fair to the soda companies! Won't they be losing a ton of money if this ban goes through? And if the health board does get this ban approved, it will just be a gateway for other states to do the same and also to place this ban on other dining options considered "unhealthy".

WHOA I just searched the soda ban on Google after typing all of that previous stuff, and found that the Health Panel actually did approve the ban! It just happened yesterday! You can read the article here!

I agree with you both! It is stupid for them to try to control what people drink, and it will probably lead to them controlling more and more. People are in charge of their own health. If they want to be healthy or lose weight, they can make the choice not to drink the sugary drinks/eat fattening foods everyday. People who want an occasional soda should be able to have it. The problem of obesity is the people who decide to drink the sugary drinks/eat the fattening foods every single day. It's not fair to take soda off the market. People just need self control. A soda once in a while is not going to make any one obese! If they decided to take everything off the market that "made people obese," half of our food and drinks would be gone!

Obesity is an issue in this country and it should be addressed and not continued to be ignored among policy makers. However, I don't believe that the banning of large drinks is the solution. I can only see the banning of large beverages, hurting small business owners and most importantly, restricting New Yorkers. I think forcing establishments to include calorie count in all menus and containers will be more effective. In fact, educating people on how to prevent obesity and why it's important to eat healthy will be more effective. Even more, the city could invest in healthier school lunches for students to prevent the continuation of children as young as 6 from getting obesity. But essentially, it all comes down to money. Banning is free but educating and proving healthier more food is expensive.

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