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Patch's Poll: Should New York City Have Banned Large Sugary Drinks?

The New York City Board of Health approves Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on soda and sugary drinks over 16 ounces. It will take effect in six months.

When New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed banning large sodas and other sugary drinks from city food carts, restaurants and movie theaters, an outcry erupted, and it wasn't only from the companies that make soda.

It was also from those who believe that individuals should be responsible for the choices they make when it comes to a legal product.

Ultimately, the New York City Board of Health agreed with Bloomberg this week that public health concerns about obesity outweigh, so to speak, an individual's desire to consume a bucket of soda.

The New York Times reported Thursday that the policy will go into effect in six months unless a judge blocks it. The soft drink industry has vowed to continue its fight in the courts.

According to the New York Times, the policy will affect any sweetened drink in a container larger than 16 ounces, including non-diet soda, energy drinks and presweetened iced teas.

"The restrictions would not affect fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; no-calorie diet sodas would not be affected, but establishments with self-service drink fountains, like many fast-food restaurants, would not be allowed to stock cups larger than 16 ounces," the Times wrote.

Movies theaters and stadium concession stands would be affected, but grocery stores and convenience stores — including 7-Elevens, which sell the Big Gulp — would be exempt, along with vending machines and some newsstands.

Where do you stand on the issue? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

Mike Liso September 14, 2012 at 08:15 PM
This clown they call a Mayor should read the book "1984" by George Orwell where the government contols society. He must be listening to obama. How sad is that? looks like we're heading to Socialism if something isn't done in Nov.
The Best Patriot September 14, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Your post is sad Mike. I doubt if you even know what socialism is.
Daria Novak September 14, 2012 at 09:08 PM
1) This is not the job of the governemnt. 2) Using logic.... If the Mayor truly felt the need to tell his "subjects" how much soda someone can drink, how does he justify "allowing" a small child to have the same size drink as an adult when their physical size is so much less? If this is a critical issue then I suggest the Mayor has failed in his dictate to accomplish his stated goal. 3) It appears this may actually encourage people to increase their intake of the fobidden beverage. People will buy 2 sodas instead of 1 now, which will actually result in the consumption of a larger quantity if the 2nd drink is consumed. We have people out of work in America and our politicians are consumed by telling our citizens how much soda is acceptable to drink? Our priorities are so out of order! The Founding Fathers must be turning over in their graves. How precient was 1984?
donald n. mei September 14, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Personal responsibility seems to mean less and less in contemporary American society. Regulating the size of soft drinks is an absurd but sad role for government at any level.
Wilson September 14, 2012 at 09:40 PM
My gosh, this was supposed to be a thread about health issues and the role of government and in two responses it has turned into an Orwellian nightmare (pun intended). These blogs are getting angry way too fast. Someone write something informative and respectful fast......please.
melinda tillie September 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM
OK<Wilson, Ifeel that anyone that is full grown knows that alot of these drinks can lead to health problems..like diabetes which is one of those things that you dont need or want.
Rosie September 14, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Aren't there more pressing issues to deal with than large drinks?? I mean really, it is my choice what size drink I want, not the governments. Way to much emphasis is put on weight, everyone trying to conform to the idea of what is or isn't healthy, what weight is or isn't acceptable. If I am a large woman who is in good health and feel good then who is anyone to judge? This is by far one of the most ridiculous things I have read in a long time.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler September 15, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I don't understand the logic in this, either. I have to agree that there are more pressing matters that demand focus and attention. As individuals, we should be able to regulate our own consumption of such things. As a parent, I regulate for my children. I understand that some folks may not. That's unfortunate. Someone please explain to us though, why we as a society need to be so controlled? I don't get this one. If the consumption of an extra large soda affected other consumers (as in say, the ban of smoking in a restaurant) I would understand. I'm not quite getting the sense of this. It will negatively affect businesses. Also, if some companies and businesses are exempt, then isn't that a double standard to an extent? If it's that bad for us to be exposed to extra large portions, shouldn't it be a sweeping regulation? I'm missing something. I haven't read into it a whole lot. It reads like a joke to me, though. This is not to say that folks should take a whole lot more personal responsibility in what we consume. We should. All of us. Personally, I'd go for a water, rather than a soda. But, I'm not going to tell my neighbor that they shouldn't have that extra large cup of yuck. That's their choice. To me, it's all about education. Why do we tend to focus on the back end of a problem, rather than face it educationally, to begin with? That's my big question.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler September 15, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Last paragraph should read... "This is not to say that folks SHOULDN'T take..." They absolutely should. (Hate when I type faster than I think. My apologies.)
Fred Young September 15, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Only problem with the large drinks is where are you going to get rid of it after drinking & processing? We novice visitors to NYC can have a real problem finding a public restroom.
Nicole Clarkson September 15, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Please do us all a favor and quit invoking the founding fathers (notice how I use minuscule letters, rather than majuscule ones, because I speak English, not German). It's getting very tiresome. You might be right; you might be wrong. See, the thing is, you don't know what the men who framed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution would think. In case you haven't noticed, they're not here right now. And if they were here, I'd imagine that they'd be pretty freaked out...machine guns, nuclear weapons, working women, airplanes, not having slaves, Hummers, the Internet....everything would be foreign to them. The America that we live in today is simply not the same as the one founded 200 years ago. Times change. Oh well. Live with it. Secondly, please consult a dictionary before you write anymore. Your word choice in some cases really is terrible. And while I'm at it, I wish Republicans (not you, specifically, just in general) would stop telling me to wake up. I am awake, thank you very much, and I don't need anyone screeching that we need to take our country back. Back from what, exactly? I rather do like where we are right now, compared to four years ago.
Cletus September 15, 2012 at 01:49 AM
So Melinda, you must be educated enough to know that nearly 1 in every 5 people in the U.S. actually have diabetes and it continues to grow...right? And you must know all about the disease (pancreas>insulin>glucose>absorption etc) and how/why diabetes occurs (mainly type 2)? The fact is, our country is the fattest in the world and also the most diabetic in the world. Its an epidemic, period. Most other developed countries don't dare offer the "supersized" anything because its illogical and costly. We are our own worst enemy in this country. I'm not democratic, but I agree with this decision...its gotta stop. And contrary to @Daria, I believe this is an educational gain for those (lots and lots of them) who aren't educated enough to know they are damaging their bodies and costing the taxpayers by consuming this garbage. How about a large ice water? Anyone?
Corey Fyke (Editor) September 15, 2012 at 05:27 AM
That's what alleyways and the subway are for, Fred. Duh. ;)
Annica McCarthy September 15, 2012 at 08:05 AM
Bloomberg is poisoned NYC with the big sugary bucks he spent to get elected mayor. He hates corporations like McDonald's horning in on his exploitation of the worst and dumbest in people. He wants more of a monopoly on that then he currently does.
SolarPete September 15, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Great idea, but northern folks love their soft drinks. I use to drink them till I found another use for grape soda. I use it to clean my fire nozzles to remove tarnish! It works great as does Coke! So if u want to drink this cancer causing rot your gut drink so be it, but don't be crying foul when u need to see a doctors care for drinking it! Maybe a little less sugar loaded drinks will also help u lose that huge CO2 belly
Flowers September 15, 2012 at 01:24 PM
The 64 ounce pina colada slurpee should be banned. The other drinks are OK. The NYC Mayor has clearly over stepped his bounds. He's a little guy with a small head and I think he has experienced too many brain freeze episodes.
Mike Atkins September 15, 2012 at 02:38 PM
1. When a 300lb person wants to sit next to me on the plane and their fat rolls are covering the arm rest and they smell bad and they are sweating can I ask for another seat or should they even be allowed to fly for safety reasons? 2, When you need to go to the ER becasue you're so fat your heart is racing or your feet are rotting because of your diabetes but have no health insurance so my unsurance costs go up to sibsidize your obesety. So tell me the reason why I need to be affected if some lard a$$ wants to poison them selves? So they have to buy two sugary fattening drinks. Doesn't that help the small business owner anyway?
SolarPete September 15, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Hey now all 300 lb folks are smelly, sweating and has lard over flowing onto your seat Mike. Guess u have issues with fat folks Mike. They are mothers, brothers and fathers too. We can't all be stick figures like u
Ella Haran September 15, 2012 at 04:23 PM
My personal experience leads me to yell "Yes!" to NY's limiting the size of sugary sodas. My daughter was killing her two children with kindness. Anything they wanted, they got. That included extra-large sodas. At seven-years-old, my grandson had 36" waist and wore a man's shirt with a 15 collar. You can say that's bad parenting. I agree. But, if that's the case, do you leave the soda size decision to a child?
Liz September 15, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I think they should limit it in schools and parents need to stop killing there kids by allowing them to over cOnsume these drinks. Ive seen mothers but sugar drinks in bottles resulting I'n rotting teeth maybe there should be more education so people become aware of there ignorant behavior
Rosie September 15, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Yes, I am quite sure the person got to be 300 pounds from drinking a large soda. And, naturally, if you prefer soda, you obviously have no health insurance. What an idiot.
Rosie September 15, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Umm, schools do not allow soda, at least not in East Haven. And I hardly think I am "killing" my kid because he or she has a soda. This is all pure nonsense.
SolarPete September 15, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Then all you that feel soad is ok read this link http://health.yahoo.net/articles/nutrition/photos/7-side-effects-drinking-diet-soda#0

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