Confession: I drink soda. Not all the time. Not every day. But occasionally. I know it isn’t the very best choice for me, and I still do it anyway. My small people don’t drink soda. They have had a few sips in their lifetimes (they are 6 and 8). It has been served at the odd party, and much like it was for me as a child, it has been a ‘very special occasion’ treat.
And yes, again, I do know it isn’t winning any health awards, but do you see what I have? A choice.
I can choose to have a large soda at the movies or at a Cardinals game. At least I can now. I live in St. Louis.
Within the next three weeks, The Board of Health will be voting on New York Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large sugary sodas. If it passes, New Yorks will be unable to buy a large soda at restaurants, stadiums or movie theaters.
I recognize that the motivation behind this ban is to combat obesity, but I can’t help but think we are treading in to dangerous territory: preventing EVERYONE from buying a large soda because of a nationwide epidemic of obesity.
According to a recent New York Times Poll, 60% of New Yorkers don’t agree with the ban. The results indicate people believe the ban infringes on their civil liberties. The poll further shows supporters think the health benefits of the ban outweigh any potential grievances.
Will the ban on large sugared sodas come to your state next? Will it hop skip and jump from one state to another, much as the ban on smoking has? And if it does, do you support it, or hate it?
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