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A Ban on Large Sugary Drinks: The Way to Go or Too Much?

Written on May 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm , by

Do we need to limit our soda consumption? (Photo by Jack Miskell)

As New Yorkers, we pride ourselves on our city’s healthy initiatives: the ban on smoking in public areas, limiting the amount of trans fat in food, public health ads on the dangers of smoking and an unhealthy diet, and posting calorie counts in food chains. But New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest proposal to prohibit the sale of sodas larger than 16 ounces in restaurants and fast food establishments has us divided: Cutting back on sugary drinks would help the fight against obesity, but should individuals be forced into making this choice?

Skeptics about this plan point to the specifics of the ban. The proposal would still allow the sale of large beverages in grocery stores and would not apply to drinks with fewer than 25 calories per serving. Some have argued that soda drinkers can go around the ban by buying more than one regular-sized cup and can drink as they please at home.

A decline in soda consumption and sugary drinks in general would be a step in the right direction; even the sugar and calories in fruit juice can add up. But would it be wiser to offer incentives towards switching to good old H2O and the use of reusable water bottles? And how do you think our society can better educate people to make healthy choices without infringing on liberties?

Now tell us: Do you approve of a ban on oversized drinks or not?

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  • skinnyg

    I believe that it should be an individual’s responsibility to choose not to drink a sugary drink or even alcoholic beverages. We don’t need the government stepping in to tell us what to drink or not to drink….especially if they are not going to crack down on DUI’s.

  • http://Sparkpeople Nancy Azartash-Namin

    I don’t believe that the government in any form can or should regulate the size of drink that a person buys or how much sugar that it contains. It should be up to the individual to make that decision. Does anyone not know their history–especially the politicians. Prohibition didn’t work back in the day. People should know that when “something” is made illegal or bad then it makes some individuals desire it more and even break the rules just to get whatever that thing that is illegal. Education is the way to go and patience. It will take time to educate. An attitude on health can’t be legislated it has to be educated.It has to start with the young in the family, spread throughout the family before it can spread across our country. This should not be a big brother solution.

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