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Government Control Over What My Kids and I Drink – Say What?

You know that Venti coffee you need to get through your mornings? The one where you have your favorite Starbucks sweeten it for you? Say goodbye to it, at least in New York City.

I came across this article:

New York Plans to Ban Sale of Big Sizes of Sugary Drinks

The gist of this article is that “New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts… The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.”

Or maybe you enjoy popcorn and enjoy a soda at the movie theater? Well you can only have a small soda if this bill passes.

I am annoyed. If this were at…say…the school my kids go to (which incidentally they don’t have juice or soda), I would be all for it but to tell me, an adult, that I cannot have my drink of choice, the one that gets me through the morning and jumpstarts my day and that it will be illegal for me to even buy it? I think that is beyond the scope of what our government should do.

No one separates mama from her coffee

Here is the thing with my family. We get that large soda at the movies. And we SHARE it. It is cheaper than getting two small drinks. Much cheaper. We also don’t drink as much because we are sharing and when it is gone, that’s it. We don’t buy an additional drink.

I simply won’t buy several smaller drinks instead of one large drink. We will just go without or maybe sneak it in (link to previous article).

I should have prefaced this article by saying that while I don’t live in New York City, this still worries me because “many of the measures adopted in New York have become models for other cities, including restrictions on smoking and trans fats, as well as the use of graphic advertising to combat smoking and soda consumption, and the demand that chain restaurants post calorie contents next to prices.” Does this mean my city is next?

I should also mention that while Mayor Bloomberg has done a lot of good but I think that this is too much. I can control my beverage intake. I don’t need my government doing it for me.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

 

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