By now we’ve all heard about Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to ban large sizes of drinks that are high in sugar or calories. This would include soda, energy drinks and sweetened teas.
New 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.
This has to be a clear cut example of what the government CAN do, but what it SHOULDN’T do. There’s no question that American are getting bigger and becoming obese at alarming rates. There is no question that eating/drinking less garbage and working out more often would greatly contribute to reducing this problem.
However, at some point, there has to come a time when the government oversteps its bounds. Are we really ready to accept living in a state where the state can dictate such personal freedoms? Perhaps we are. We already accept the fact that we can’t smoke in certain places. We acknowledge and accept that the government can dictate seat belts and motorcycle helmets.
As much as I’m appalled at the regulation of soda-pop, I am equally sure that most of our citizens will accept it and we can just chalk it up to another example of people eschewing personal liberty in the name of removing any semblance of personal responsibility.