NYC Mayor wants to ban sugary drinks

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Minna - posted on 06/09/2012

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I work at a ball park. Prices are so high that I suggest that parents buy the largest soda, and then I give them small cups[free] to divvy it up. I don't regularly drink pop,but I buy the largest plain tea available.

Sorry, I don't want government running my life . I personally don't think anyone needs huge cups of sugar water[except my hummingbirds], but it just isn't my business. I ran my own kid's lives until they were old enough to do it themselves.

If my little kids were fat and had cavities, it would be my fault.If my big kids get fat and have cavities, it will be their fault, not Mcdonalds

Totally anecdotal, but in my experience people who are denied things go way overboard when they finally get their hands on the forbidden fruit.

Sugar is merely a simple carbohydrate and never made my kids any goofier than they always were.

Mt. Dew now, that's truly the demon drug! Minna

Cyndel - posted on 06/07/2012

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I think it is ridiculous.
I'm sorry but people will eat what they will eat and drink what they will drink until THEY decide not to. The best thing to do is make sure that it is easy to access information and resources on healthy living and healthy eating...and perhaps working on how to make the healthy options cheaper?

Kate - posted on 06/20/2012

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This whole suggestion strikes me as absurd. Soda is not the cause of obesity. Taking in more calories than you use is the cause of obesity.

I'll also admit to drinking the 32oz sodas- and with some frequency. I'm 5'1" and 110lbs. I wear a size 1 or 3 in juniors or a 0 in womens. I don't need someone to tell me what to put in my mouth. My four year old is not allowed to have soda, but I don't stress if she has ice cream or candy in moderation. She has been in the 30th percentile night and weight since her first birthday. She small, but proportionally.

The flip side to all of this is in one of my friends who watches everything she eats. She works out daily. And she still struggles with her weight. I've known her for almost ten years and she's always been five to ten lbs overweight. Her daughter is still little; but it looks like she may have the same problems. She way chubbier than mine was at that age with the same amount and type of foods. Every person is different.

I am a healthy weight and I do eat reasonably well; but my friend eats better and exercises more. It is compleatly unfair to assume (as I feel this law does) that all fat people just can't controle themselves so we must help them be better, like "us" My "fat" friend is doing a much better job than I am! And If all those fat people would just stop eating.... Please. Individuals have dignity and worth and fat people are people too. Lets be honest that's what this says "fat People can't understand moderation so we must help them and parents with fat children are awful so we must keep them from ruining their children's lives"

Sorry to go on such a rant- this just really annoys me :)

Stifler's - posted on 06/11/2012

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Yes! In Australia we don't get 64 ounce cokes from McDonalds. Our largest is 600mL I think. Who can even drink more than that on top of a large fries and a burger?!

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I don't see how it will help. Most people drink soda in their own homes when they drink a lot of it. But you never know, it could work, or it could just piss people off and alienate those with weight issues.

I don't see a difference between soda and juice they both have a ton of sugar. Diet drinks are even worse for you.

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Sally - posted on 09/04/2012

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It's incredibly stupid and intrusive, but there are probably too many sheeple to stop it.

Amy - posted on 09/03/2012

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I live on Long Island and a lot of what happens in NYC affects what goes on out here. To start with, I have a major issue with him just for the fact that he announce his proposal on National Donut Day...which he endorsed! Isn't that hypocritical? And to ban high sugar drinks larger than 16 oz in public restaurants is going to be considered unconstitutional. Drinks larger than 16 oz are in no way against the law. He is trying to take away a person's right to make their own choices. Individual people have to take responsibility for the food and drinks they consume, how much exercise they get, etc. Now, there are people who have health conditions that contribute to them being obese. That is a constant struggle for them to begin with. I, on the other hand, have the opposite issue. I am 30 pounds underweight and no matter what I eat or drink it doesn't make a difference. If Bloomberg thinks this will help the obesity issue, he needs an education. You can still buy soda in stores in larger than 16 oz sizes. You can make your own sodas at home. If he takes away the 16 oz soda now, what is the next step? You can no longer get extra butter on your popcorn at movie theaters...which is completely optional? No one has the right to tell me what I can and cannot eat, nor what size soda I can order. There are a lot of street vendors in the city who are against this. Why? Because the bottles of soda they sell are 20 oz bottles. It's not just restaurants that Bloomberg wants to put a stop to. It is anywhere you can purchase high sugar drinks...restaurants, theaters, street vendors, stores, etc.

Minna - posted on 06/21/2012

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I do think people's perception of how large a portion really should be [calorie wise] is incredibly skewed. I also think that some people who rely regularly on fast foods for family meals are attracted to the idea of large amounts for less money,regardless of the health consequences. In the end, as long as there's a demand for monster portions they will still be available.[think 2 cheeseburgers, or 6 sliders, any difference?]

I still think it's up to each individual to make their own decisions on all this nit-picky stuff. I want my government to provide protection from criminals and terrorists& to establish and maintain good relationships with foreign countries. To offer decent educational opportunities and provide maintenance of infrastructure, oversight of financial institutions&monitoring of industries for environmental concerns, I need them to send help in a natural disaster ,put out my house if it's on fire, and pick up my trash I also what them to provide a safety net of basic services for people who can't provide for themselves. That's what I pay taxes for. That's enough to keep them busy forever if they do it even half right. Minna

Stifler's - posted on 06/21/2012

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I don't think the law is assuming fat people can't control themselves. They are taking responsibility for serving sizes getting out of control.

Tania - posted on 06/09/2012

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i dont know i think its funny caus the government does have a big part of our lives he tells us how much we pay in taxes they tap our phone i mean the iphones arent even ours yes you probably bought them but its government property the government determines how many bugs go into juice frozen foods canned food and etc they control the hormones that is injected into food and you get their flu shot.........

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The mayor's an idiot. No, of course one shouldn't be drinking that much sugar but it's NOT the governments/' place to tell me what I can drink if it's not alcoholic.

Tania - posted on 06/02/2012

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i know but u can always drink water or make your own juice like my mother used to make out of canilope watermelon pineapple and other stuff and she would add alittle bit of sugar i mean its already naturally sweet its just so people can be healthy people are not ment to be fat one of the seven sins is glutney

Tania - posted on 06/01/2012

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well actually there is a limit in conneticut u cant buy alcohol on sundays and in some states are dry states meaning u cant buy alcohol at all but i think it would be better because maybe diabetes would be more controlled among the younger people

Misty - posted on 06/01/2012

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This is got to be one of the dumbest things ever. Why should the government have the right to tell me how much soda I can drink? All because someone thinks I might be over weight.

I could be an alcoholic or druggie, yet how much I drink or smoke is not limited. I believe there are a lot more important subjects to focus on then how much sugar I drink.

Tania - posted on 06/01/2012

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your right i mean they will get it some way like with guns or drugs i guess just to reduce how much u put out there encourage more water and an orange or apple something heathier

Dove - posted on 06/01/2012

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I can't get the link to load at the moment, but I think it's stupid. People that really want to drink more than that will just buy multiple drinks.

For the record, my kids and I DON'T drink soda or 'sugar water' except on rare occasions and then we all share one. I just don't think this ban would actually HELP anything and is too much power/control over things that people can just get around one way or another. Personally I like the 'poster' I've seen about removing all the warning labels from things and just letting nature take it's course with the stupidity factor. ;) lol

Tania - posted on 05/31/2012

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i think this would be great kids shouldnt be drinking stuff like that anyways when i was growing up my mom never bought us candy or soda always fruits vegetables and water some people say marijuana is the gate way drug but i honesty belive its sugar because if you ever watch toddlers and tiaras you will see the parents giving the kids sugar candy and soda to give them a sugar HIGH and i think it would be great kids wont have as many cavities they wont be so fat and they should take out all the junk food out of vending machines and fill them with healthy food

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