Monday, March 11, 2013

No more super-sized soda's in NYC

The NYC ban on large sugary soft drinks has been the topic of conversation for many months now, but tomorrow the restriction will come into effect.  There will be no more super-sized sodas on offer, and if you want more than the new 16oz limit you will have to purchase another drink.

It a controversial topic with many people against the ban as they feel it takes away their right to make personal choices.  While I believe that people should be able to make individual decisions about their health, I do support the new restrictions.

The problem is, many of us are not making the best decisions for our health.  According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), in 2010 more than a third of Americans adults were obese and so were 17% of children.  Mayor Bloomberg also revealed that 58% of New Yorkers are considered overweight and 1 in 8 people suffer from diabetes.  If you take into consideration that 16oz of coca cola contains 200 calories and 27g of sugar, perhaps it is a good idea that we don't have access to limitless amounts of the stuff.

I remember how amazed I was at the size of everything when I first came to the US.  You could literally buy a bucket of coke at the cinema and soft drinks were endlessly refilled in restaurants.  This wasn't the case in the UK, each drink you consumed was paid for individually, the servings were much smaller and there were no free refills.  However, I'm not sure if this is still the case today!

I believe this is a step in the right direction to make the people of New York, and the rest of the US, healthier.  Many trends and changes start in New York, so it seems fitting that our city is the pioneer of the sugary drink restrictions.  It might make people consider their consumption of sugary drinks and encourage them to choose a better alternative.  New York's finest tap water is good enough for me and it's free!

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