I’m sure I’ll take some heat for this – “Who does this guy think he is, telling me what I can and can’t drink!?” – but New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is my new BFF now that he’s on a crusade to ban Big Gulps in the Big Apple.
I’m all for freedom of choice, but if the choices people make are killing them why SHOULDN’T someone step in to try to stop them. If you saw someone hurt on the side of the road, would you really drive on by saying, “Well, it’s really not my place …”
For those who haven’t heard, Bloomberg made a splash when he announced he was proposing an unprecedented ban on super-large sodas and other sugary drinks at the city’s restaurants, delis, sports arenas and movie theaters. Concerned about our nation’s growing obesity epidemic, he wants the city to limit those drinks to 16 ounces max – an amount that used to be “large” but is now considered “small” in a world of Big Gulps, Super Big Gulps, Double Gulps, Super Double Dog Dare Gulps.
We’re carrying around vats of soda – each containing something like 37,0700 calories and a 5-pound bag of sugar – and yet we wonder why we keep getting thicker in the middle.
If a 16-ounce soda – a full bottle of pop … a quarter of a giant 2 liter, for goodness sake – here’s a novel idea. Drink some water.
You go, Michael. It’s an uphill battle, but one that needs fought and won.