Mayor Bloomberg stepped in it. Such outrage! Such mockery! He wants to limit serving size of sugary drinks in NYC to 16 ounces.
I feel for you, people. Yeah, true, you are not going to solve the USA obesity problem by limiting the size of a sugar drink serving to 16 oz. Nanny state?
Well, as nanny state goes, it's not that big of a deal. Who is getting thrown into the slammer? Nobody, I imagine. Hell, all you have to do is order two 16 ouncers if you had your heart set on pickling your pancreas enough to make it stop working.
BUT. If you think this is unconstitutional, satanic, Communistic, or whatever fill in the blank, if you are in the crew who think that "It's not government's job to reduce obesity rates," then what's your plan? Because what we have is unaffordable in financial terms and unconscionable in terms of human suffering, and it is continuing to get worse.
Bottom line, this is something that has to change, because it is killing our country. Again, what's your plan? You are entitled to criticize if you have a plan to deal with it. If you don't have a plan for dealing with it- and especially if you are angry when somebody like Michele Obama actually has the gall to TALK about it- then you are not entitled to criticize Bloomberg. So put up or hush. The only thing I am really saying here is that there is ONE response to obesity that I will not accept: "it's not a problem, ignore it, maybe it will fix itself." We have tried that for 30 years. No success.
If you actually are interested in the science and the politics behind the NYC effort to limit the size of sugar drink servings, here ya go: