Bloomberg super-sized sodas - New York’s Mayor Bloomberg isn’t planning on his own line of Super-Sized soda, nope quite the opposite. He is proposing a ban which is ignighting a lot of discussion on both sides of the fence.
Bloomberg super-sized sodas
The rising obesity problem (currently around 36% in USA) is something that hasn’t been helped so far with awareness campaigns or teaching so it seems that intervention could be another way to test and see if the growing issue can be curbed.
Of course intervention into an individuals right often goes down badly in the land of the free even if the Mayor is trying to keep waging his war against obesity support is hard to get. After all it is a right to be fat people feel. But obesity is weighing heavily on the health system and sadly it does cost the government money.
Bloomberg’s ban would mean it is unlawful to sell sugary drinks over 16oz in restaurants, cinemas, street vendors and stadium concessionaires.
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Now of course I don’t want to come out in 100% support for the ban, I mearly support that he is trying to reduce people’s consumption of soda. The issues with his proposals is that it doesn’t hit every place. Starbucks can still sell whatever size sugary coffee it likes. Also people can always buy 2 drinks so that, again, won’t stop it for people who really want it.
However I can see what he is trying to hit. Far too often we are up-sold when we don’t need it. Excess is everywhere and even though we feel it is free choice these establishments go through a lot of work to find out how they can use our own feelings to make us jump to the bigger sizes translating in more profit.
I don’t know if the ban is the solution but maybe it is worth trying to at least try and see if it has any effect?
More can be read in the LA Times.
What do you think?