Thursday, May 31, 2012
NY Mayor Bloomberg Wants to Ban Large Sugary Drinks to Reduce Obesity--What Do You Think?
Mayor Bloomberg is really stirring up the pot. He wants to ban the sale of large sugary drinks in NYC in an effort to control obesity. Obesity rates in adults there are at nearly 60% and 40% for children. I am all for him trying to do something about obesity, but is this the way to go? Do we really want government regulating what size soda we can purchase at a restaurant?
That being said, obesity is a HUGE (no pun intended) problem in the U.S. and government agencies, private agencies and citizens end up paying for it in healthcare costs--whether you are obese or not. I can tell you that I am tired of paying increased insurance costs due to other people's health problems, a good percentage which are due to conditions caused by obesity. I choose to eat healthy, skip sodas and exercise for good health, yet I am opening up my pocket book to pay for for their poor choices. And I am sure that Mayor Bloomberg is concerned about the health of his citizens for many reasons. Obesity drives insurance rates up, can result in loss of work and less productivity. It has emotional consequences on individuals as well.
So, maybe his tactics aren't the best solution, but I do applaud him for trying something.
Oh, and by the way, I do know someone who lost a significant amount of weight--around 30 pounds. When I asked her how she did it, her response was that she gave up sodas...