It’s official. New York City banned the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in restaurants and other venues. I agree with it completely. I am a firm believer that the leading cause of the obesity epidemic in America is the rise of the fast food and restaurant culture. For only $.20 more you can have a 32oz or even 64oz drink. This is totally ridiculous. Who needs to drink almost a two liter bottle of soda with a meal? Americans will always go for what seems like the better deal. For those of you who simply can’t part with your Big Gulp or your Supersize Coke, you can always buy two smaller drinks, or better yet, buy a gallon of water instead!
What about those who cry for freedom of choice? I simply remind them about the helmet laws for motorcycles and bicycles, and seatbelt laws for passengers of a car. Is it fair to make society pay for the poor choices of certain individuals? The more people are fat and overweight, the higher the cost of healthcare for the entire nation.
Don’t forget that New York was one of the first cities to ban smoking in bars and restaurants. When that first came about, people were up in arms. Now, many other cities in the country have passed the same legislation, and you never hear about complaints and protests.
How do you feel about this law?