Hey don’t drink that!?!?!?

Recently Mayor Bloomberg of New York City, banned the sale of soda in quantities greater than 16 oz… in restaurants, mobile food carts, delis and concessions at movie theaters, stadiums or arenas. The ridiculousness of this law is off the charts. To begin with, if you have not noticed missing from this list is places like convenience stores, and super markets. These are the places that sell the bulk of the soda too. Furthermore, the law does not stipulate that the total quantity served to you has to be 16 ounces or less. So in theory, you could simply buy two sodas, or at a restaurant you have unlimited soda. After all of this my question is what is the point? Seriously I can not think of a more ridiculous law out there. Not only are the loopholes and omissions laughable, but there is no teeth to it and the hypocrisy is absurd. The point of the law is to help fight obesity, a noble cause since Americans are too fat anyways. But what I don’t get is the lunacy of it. A far more effective law would be to tax sugary drinks, the same way we tax alcohol and cigarettes as a “sin” tax. Of course this might actually change people’s habits (let alone hurting corporations) so it was not implemented. But at least Bloomberg is preventing us all from drinking unlimited soda out of a 24 oz. cup versus a 16 oz one at McDonald’s while we eat a Big Mac  and large fries. I’m sure my doctor will be sending him a thank you card any day.


2 thoughts on “Hey don’t drink that!?!?!?

  1. Wait, this is actually a law? If the aim is to prevent obesity, why does every fastfood menu offer supersized options and every restaurant serve portions that could feed a whole familly? I hardly think soda consumption is the problem. I think taxing would be a better idea like you said. It doesn’t make sense that cancer causing tobacco is legal but excessive soda consumption isn’t.

  2. I love that you wrote about this! I wrote my blog post this week about Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that restricts what school cafeterias can serve for lunch. I think that both of our topics had good intentions, because there is no doubt that something has to be done about the rising obesity rates in America. However, there are so many details that law-makers get hung up on that ultimately deem the acts either inefficient or completely and utterly pointless.

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