There has been a fair amount of talk regarding the proposed soda ban in the Big Apple, NYC. From the beginning, Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to limit the size of sodas sold at certain businesses was met with both good and bad reactions. The ban prohibited certain types of food establishments from selling sodas larger than 16 oz. Bloomberg and his supporters always upheld that the changes were for the greater good of society, and namely, our love affair with sugary drinks. After all, the large amounts of sugar within those drinks has been directly connected with a number of health problems and sickness, costing people pain, suffering and even their life; as well as the financial burden it places on the states and entire country.
From the outset, the proposed ban was met with indignation by certain factions within society who stated that the government was trying to control what Americans eat and drink. Many saw it as an affront to their freedom. Some people believed that the restrictions were a direct infringement against their rights and that our health (good or bad) was our business, not the government’s. But others saw it as a way to help curb the obesity epidemic that has grown throughout America. Much of that epidemic is being blamed on how much soda we drink, as well as the large food portions that are served in restaurants – many of which are actually double the size of what an actual portion should be.
After a judge shot down the ban on limiting the size of sodas, many NYC residents rejoiced. After all, shouldn’t the common sense of an average American be a decent guide on what not to eat or drink? Looking back, the Prohibition didn’t work out so well, and it stands to reason that further bans on what we ingest would be met with resistance. Sadly, though, Americans often show their lack of common sense – hence the the vast numbers of health problems that we incur as a result of our diets and obesity. Perhaps banning sugary drinks is not the real issue – and we should exercise some self control along with some common sense as to what we eat and drink.