From the NY Times Opinion Pieces
To the Editor:
New York City’s plan to limit the serving size of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages sold at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts is well justified by solid evidence. High intake of these beverages (the standard 20-ounce soda contains 15 to 18 teaspoons of sugar) increases the risks of obesity and diabetes and is clearly unsafe for anyone.
Of course, this alone won’t halt the epidemics of these diseases sweeping our country, but it is a valuable and creative step in the right direction that deserves the support of everyone who cares about the well-being of our children and all Americans.
To the Editor:
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s effort to promote healthier lifestyles is commendable, but the government has no right whatsoever to go beyond promotion to enforcement. You can’t reduce obesity with smaller cups any more than you can reduce gun violence with smaller bullets.
This proposal sets a very bad, very dangerous precedent. Freedom is rarely taken away in supersize amounts; more typically it is slowly siphoned off drop by drop so people don’t even notice until they’ve lost it entirely.
Mayor Bloomberg has spent his 11 years in office stripping away our freedoms one drop at a time. Minorities are stopped and frisked, Muslims are watched, protesters are silenced, and smokers are taxed and harassed beyond reason.
In their apathy, New Yorkers have given the mayor an inch and he has already taken a mile. If we permit him to regulate portion control without a fight, then we don’t deserve the few freedoms we have left.
MRMARY LAYS DOWN THE TRUTH
Draconian LegislationNew York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity. The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.
Like most animals we are incapable of thinking for ourselves. If left to our own devices we will drink big sugary drink till we throw up an or die. We are unable to eat a balanced diet or go work out, so its best to let the government do the deciding for us because a human choice isnt worth much. I mean if a man killed by a drone is worth 65,000 US to his family a man’s choice is worth what ? $5 which is about the cost of the big bad ass drink at the Movie theatre.
Government views the public like a farmer does his cows or sheep, and effectively for the most part that is what we are, we listen we follow. I have some idea to help change obesity in the city:
- Stop and Frisk fat people like you do black people and Hide stuff in their folds , and arrest them after nights tossing salads belongs to dude names Tyrone, or Dwayne, or peanut no one will want to want to eat having tastes what food ends up like
- EDUCATE PEOPLE MORE ON NUTRITION, I mean really educate. Not the Bullshit education you get here at the poorer schools.
- Don’t let restaurants and other eateries advertise or sell oversized food portions !!!!!!!!!
- Ban Minorities from working in fast food, and anywhere else these sugar drinks can be bought entertainment, etc watch the food fucking rot because like it did in the fields in Alabama when they kicked all the illegal immigrants out. Seems the people who felt that the illegals were taking american jobs don’t want to work them (check my article on this)
I will have more to say about this, about the nature of obesity, about education, about its causes and actually maybe even some factual information but for now here is Jon Stewart doing what he does best. I threw in Colbert for a good measures