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Large Sugary Drink Ban: Mayor Bloomberg Acts

Large servings of sugary beverages banned in New York City—a small step for the health of the nation.

Whatever one’s thoughts are about its legality or the likely effectiveness of the ban on large servings of sugary drinks instituted in New York City by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he deserves great credit for his heart being in the right place.

The Bloomberg initiative, backed by many health experts, is a small measure encompassing but one area in which Americans go overboard, but it will likely cause some to give second thought to what they put into their bodies.

Our society has become woefully ignorant about our health. We consume excessive amounts of sugar, fats, salt, “junk” foods and beverages, alcohol, and tobacco without a care. No one should be surprised that we are increasingly a society composed of the obese and the sick, a new generation of individuals who, rather than rein in their bad habits, indulge them. Alarm bells should sound when we witness obesity and diabetes becoming increasingly prevalent among young people. When we become ill, we demand expensive, dangerous drugs to treat our symptoms. We spend more money per capita on health care than any other nation, yet we are among the sickest people on earth.

Government is responsible for footing the bill for an enormous amount of the nation’s burgeoning health care costs, and the Medicaid and Medicare programs are in grave peril, their promises unable to be fulfilled in the future without major reform.

For a host of reasons, we should act responsibly to preserve our health and our lives. Though it would be better if the hearts and minds of the people could be won through other means, Mayor Bloomberg has boldly stepped forward to require us to consider the issue. He deserves praise.

What do you think about Mayor Bloomberg's large-size sugary drink ban? Tell us in the comments.

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SWYKLocal September 18, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Cigarettes and other tobacco products are sold, used, taxed and they certainly have caused great harm to many people. You seem to be an intelligent person; think about it, preventive care suggests that by showing up at a medical care facility will prevent you from contracting cancer, a cold, the flu. How silly, I do agree that if you are lucky enough to have an issue that is treatable when diagnosed early you regular doctors will have paid off. But your visits didn’t prevent you from contracting the problem in the first place. I will refrain from making a reference to the handbook from which your post was derived.
seen2mch September 18, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Maybe you should refrain from attacking anyone who has a diiferent opinion or ideology . A bad habit that people who share your ideology seem to have in spades. While you folks whine and complain about your individual freedoms being eroded you never seem to be concerned about others freedom of speech being shouted down or stifled,do ya?
KnowledgeisPower September 18, 2012 at 02:17 AM
the most dangerous thing to a democracy is an uninformed delegation...
Jason Bahr September 18, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Quit butting into mine and my family's personal lives - it is none of your business!!! I hope you live to be 150 years old - I honestly do. But my life expectancy is my business. If you see me in a burning car – I’d appreciate you helping me out – I’d risk my life to help pull you out. I truly would. I am a good person, I mind my own business, love my wife, take care of my kids, go to work, take care of my house, pay my taxes. But if I am quenching a thirst with a soda – GO ABOUT YOUR LIFE AND LEAVE MINE ALONE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! You guys are relentless – how the heck do you even sleep at night worrying about every single nuance in other people’s lives. I am totally happy – quit trying to screw things up.
SWYKLocal September 18, 2012 at 01:52 PM
@seen2mch All of us who post here are exercising our Freedom of Speech (within the guidelines of the Patch posting rules of course). I am pretty sure if my post was construed as an attack it would have been removed. Freedom of speech allows each of us to express our views and hopefully we can gain insight from the views exchanged by other posters. It doesn’t mean we have to agree. A lot of Americans gave their lives for our freedoms. The government works for us, we don’t work for them. Mayor Bloomberg has no business regulating “Large Sugary Drinks” and if the people of New York City allow him to get away with it, then shame on them.

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