There was an article that I read last week that seems to be causing quite the controversy. Normally, I try to avoid controversial issues, but I thought this was interesting.
I article that I read was from CNN called, New York City seeks to ban big sodas from restaurants, food carts. Apparently, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "More than half of NYC adults (58%) are overweight or obese...We're doing something about it." The article went on to explain that they are “proposing to cap big sugary drinks at 16 oz. in restaurants”.
At frist, this article really encouraged me! I am so thankful that Mayor Bloomberg is taking the obesity statistics for his city seriously, because not everyone is willing to do something about obesity. In theory, cutting back on the availability of big sugary drinks is a good place to start.
That being said, I believe that people should be able to make their own choices. If we ban big sugary drinks, what will be next? There's no telling how many foods would be to be banned in order to reverse the effects of obesity. Not only that, but when people are told they cannot have something, that seems to turn into the only thing they want! We don't want people becoming underground big sugary drink dealers.
Obesity is a huge problem in this country. That being said, I do not think it will be fixed by banning big sugary drinks. We need to teach people why big sugary drinks are bad and let them choose to lead a healthy lifestyle. We need to provide education and support to people trying to lead a healthier lifestyle.
What do you think about this proposal? Are big sugary drinks the answer? If not, what do YOU think would help drop the obesity rates in this country?