I think government needs to back the heck out of peoples choices! What, is this going to MAKE people healthy and not morbidly obese? People need to take responsibility for their own choices, good AND bad! That's one of the things wrong with this country! Quit trying to blame something for a persons own choice to be lazy, gluttonous and fat! Infuriates me people always want to pass the buck, and government is all to willing to try to "make" us do something. Sugar is NOT THE ENEMY here people!!! Last time I checked it was my right to choose what and how much I want to drink! WAKE UP and tell government to back off our personal choices! NOT their decisions to make.
06/01/2012 - 11:27am
Are we a free people or not? Obviously the powers that be in New York City do not believe that the people of the city are intelligent enough to make their own decisions regarding food and drink, so they must be made for them. This is not freedom.
06/02/2012 - 9:51pm
This raises several concerns for me. I can appreciate their intent, but where do you draw the line? Will all things containing sugar be banned or limited as well? "Sorry sir, we can no longer serve you dessert since you had soda with your meal." How does this effect locations from offering free refills or people purchasing multiple containers, creating more waste?
People can purchase as much booze and alcohol as they please as long as they can prove they reach the age minimum. Most agree that, like sugar, these substances should be used in moderation or not at all. Alcohol basically turns into sugar in your body anyway. I feel it's unnecessary to legally restrict people from making their own poor choices. People will carry on regardless.
I also think most sugar substitutes are just as bad for your health, but in different ways, but since it's calorie free people look the other way
06/04/2012 - 1:15pm
I understand that this is being viewed as a public health issue, however, where does it stop? Will the next step be to require everyone to eat a paleo diet, including vegans? Or will everyone be required to eat a vegan diet? Obviously, this is hyperbole, however, it asks the question - How far will government be allowed to intrude into your life?
06/04/2012 - 2:21pm
Of course, sugary drinks are not healthy, but really? What part of the government has the right to legalize or take away the legal status of foods such as that. There are far worse health issues to worry about, starting with the BP pollution mess that went pretty much unprosecuted. Years ago, the US outlawed alcohol, and I would have thought we would have learned from Prohibition. This is ridiculous, and does make what the end point would be if we start criminalizing food--put Campbell Soup Company out of business for its sodium levels??
06/04/2012 - 5:48pm
The New York ban on 16oz is ridiculous. With that said, I am on this site because I choose to use my freedom to make my own decision to put healthy foods in my body. I don't need anyone to dictate that to me.
06/08/2012 - 8:07pm
Look above my comment. There are other's who obviously have the intelligence to decide what is good for them. The government needs to stay the heck out of our choices. Funny how it's perfectly fine to allow the government to end a life, but they certainly cannot have anyone drinking soda! Amazing.
06/08/2012 - 8:10pm
I think it's up to people to choose what & how much they want to drink, just put the info out there for people to see what they are putting into their body, and how it will effect them in the long run. I may have a diet soda maybe 4 or less a year, and that's because of what soda does to your teeth.
06/24/2012 - 12:34pm
I think its funny how angry and upset Americans become over their rights and freedoms being infringed upon by their gov, but have no problem with their government storming into other nations, dictating what is right and wrong for them. haha... we're talking about slowing down the FATTEST nation in the world.
If you care about America, you should care about Americans- and they are dying from being too FAT! (diseases and illness caused by obesity)
Excessive food and sugar comsumption is the leading cause of death in America! You should all be concerned about THAT (just as that mayor is).