The Soda Pop Police?

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Recently, there has been a lot of news coverage on New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed ban on the sale of large sugary drinks. If the ban is instated, then restaurants, theaters, and other food establishments would be charged $200 fine if they are caught selling bottled or fountain beverages over 16 fluid ounces.

It seems that Mayor Bloomberg is trying to make New Yorkers healthy and restricting soda consumption would surely do that, as an average 20 oz. cola¬† contains 240 calories per bottle and 65 grams of sugar. Bloomberg’s concern stems from the fact that 6 in 10 New Yorkers are overweight and/or obese, and the consumption of large quantities of soda pop isn’t trimming any waistlines.

According to a recent survey, as many as 65% of American adults disagree with the ban on large sugary drinks, 24% support such a ban, and 11% remain undecided. While Bloomberg’s actions seem well intentioned, many people view the ban as a form of government interference on personal choice. Others argue that this ban will not solve the issue of obesity, and the only way to help people¬† is educate them about making healthy food choices.

Where do you stand on this issue? Do Americans need help controlling the obesity epidemic sweeping the nation, or is it our own responsibility to control what we eat and drink? Surely the Gale Opposing Viewpoints database offers plenty of differing perspectives on the issue of obesity. The library also has books about healthy eating, so you can learn about making positive choices in your life.


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