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Talk Back: Should Big Sodas be Banned?

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to rid the Big Apple of large sugary beverages; would you support a similar measure in Suffolk County?

Big Apple, small soda?

If New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his way, that's what's coming to restaurants, movie theaters and street vendors in the five boroughs.  

The mayor plans to eliminate the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 fluid ounces in each of those places in an "ambitious" effort to combat obesity, The New York Times reported last week. 

Exemptions, such as for diet drinks and sales in supermarkets, are expected to be part of the new law, eyed for spring 2013, according to the Times.

It would mark the first such ban in the country, but follows the mayor's successful efforts to ban trans fats and curb public smoking.

The New York City Beverage Association is certainly not thrilled.

What's your take on Bloomberg's plan? Would you support a similar measure in Suffolk County? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments section. 

Kathi Gautier June 05, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Ok look I thought the ban on smoking in public places was great. This coming from a previous smoker. Because the smoking effected the people around them. Ok, I got used to seeing the calory count on EVERYTHING so that nothing was any fun to eat. But it's nice to see if I choose to pay attention to it. And there lies the difference, the "if I CHOOSE to pay attention to it". When I eat food it doesn't effect anyone but ME. Do I think the portion sizes of things are off the charts, sure. But I don't have to eat it all either. So telling the public they can't buy a soft drink over a certain size is a little much. You want to help the general public? Find a way to improve air quality, make it safer to walk the streets so people can exercise more. But taking away something as minor as the size of a soft drink isn't going to make any kind of impact.
Kyle K. June 05, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Kathi: Even the 16oz of soda is more sugar than anyone not named Michael Phelps needs in a day. (54Grams for a coke!!!) Daily recommendations are 20g,36g and12g for women, men and children respectively. People are all up in arms over an already excessive amount of sugar being the maximum. He is not banning soda all together, just making sure that an already high amount of empty calories is the maximum. Also, unless you do not pay taxes or utilize the healthcare system, you ARE tied to the health of this nation. Obesity drives up the cost of healthcare for ALL Americans, not just the obese ones. I guess my question is, how high will obesity rates have to be before you approve any policy changes to limit portion sizes?
Kathi Gautier June 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I understand all that but just like you said it is a "recommendation" not an imposed thing. Banning smoking ads and smoking in public didn't stop smokers so why would anyone think that banning portion size will stop people from eating? And obesity is not the only thing driving up healthcare costs. Illegals crossing over to have babies in American hospitals are also a cause. Along with so many other reasons. I'm all for portion control. If it is the choice of the individual. Not mandated by government.
Leo Lehman Jr. June 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM
if this law goes through then we are defiantly on the verge to losing more rights in this country... How about NY also Ban how many Pizzas slices you can buy??? How ban the amount of Ice Cream you can buy??? We have politicians trying to Ban 32 Oz Sodas meanwhile almost every night someone dies or is injured in a Drunk Driving Incident!!! How about we ban the amount of Liquor/Beer you can Buy/Consume... Oh Yeah Thats Right!!! NY will never do that bc The Beer/Liquor Companies practically Run this country, Especially New York...
Kathi Gautier June 05, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Well of course I agree with you. Going the extreme doesn't fix a problem. What's next? You need to take 11 people with you to buy a dozen donuts?
Leo Lehman Jr. June 05, 2012 at 09:26 PM
something like this is too excessive & should be considered a violation... I consider it a violation due to the fact that (for example) someone like me who is in perfect shape suffers because people cant control what they eat!!! If this Law Passes it proves the Government cares what we put in our Bodies, Everything from Drugs to Food.. The Government Cracks down on Drugs, what we search on Google, and now they will Crackdown on Fatty Foods!!!!
kenneth June 06, 2012 at 04:53 AM
its amazing to me that we are having this discussion over a soda! last time i looked my father fought in ww2 to protect our rights and one of them was my freedom of choice! who the hell is michael bloomberg to tell me what i can eat or drink. drunks kill people everyday,cause accidents, suffer from liver diseases that raise our insurence also but i dont hear anyone yelling to make drinking illegal! keep going like this and we will become the new communist russia!
Kyle K. June 06, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Nothing is being banned completly. If you really need more than 16oz, buy two. However, most people won't and it will in turn reduce the amount of calories and sugar in their diet. Also, is everyone in this board in great shape? If not, why not? Do you choose to be overweight because you want to be overweight? My initial question still remains: How high will obesity rates have to be before you approve any policy changes to limit portion sizes?

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