New York, the city that never sleeps. The city where you can get anything at any hour of the day or night...except for maybe a single sugary soft drink bigger that 16 ounces while at a restaurant or movie theater.
Believing that it's what the public wants, "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, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity," according to an article in today's NY Times.
The article continues on with this: The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. 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.
You can read the rest of the article here:
Today during an interview with Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC, Mayor Bloomberg went on to say, "If you want to order two cups at the same time [when in a restaurant or movie theatre], that's fine. It's your choice. We're not taking away anybody's right to do things. We're simply forcing you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup." He said this is just to be a reminder to people, basically to keep them aware of what they are doing.
You can watch this interview here:
Personally, I don't need Mayor Bloomberg, or any other government official, reminding me or forcing me to understand the consequences of my choices. I am an adult, a grown-up. Back off, please, Mayor Bloomberg.