YES, it’s time that the government takes serious measures to fight the obesity epidemic. (31% people answered this)
NO, the government should have no authority to restrict our freedom of choice. (46% people answered this)
IT DOESN’T MATTER, people who want more soda will just open a second can. (21% people answered this)
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To discuss major health concerns as well as try to answer the question, "what is a healthy lifestyle?"
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1. To review current medical research.
2. To provide a place for you to share your passion and stories regarding health concerns.
3. To support efforts to research diseases or provide support to individuals and families.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced his plans for a far-reaching ban on plus-size sugary beverages sold to the public, a move that has sparked major controversy among citizens of the Big Apple and across the nation.
The proposal would ban all sugary drinks sold in containers larger than 16 ounces, a size smaller than a common soda bottle or a medium coffee. The ban would go into effect in places like delis, fast-food restaurants, movie theaters and sports arenas. It would exclude diet soda and dairy-based drinks.
Supporters cite the proposal as an effort to curb rising obesity rates in the city. Public health statistics currently show that 58% of NYC adults and nearly 40% of city public school students are obese or overweight. Furthermore, similar city-wide health ban on smoking in bars and restaurants in 2003 also created cries of protest, but has since become widely accepted and has even been adopted in other major cities.
However, opponents of the proposal say such bans raise super-sized questions about the government’s role in shaping and restricting individual choices. If the government is within its right to restrict behavior to protect health, what prevents it from restricting the sales of donuts or hamburgers or something more intrusive? Furthermore, if Bloomberg’s proposal is passed, there will still be plenty of ways to get one’s sugary fix, from free refills to sale specials for multiple sodas.
Where do you stand on this issue? If your city proposed the ban, would you support it? Take the poll and share your reasoning in the comments section below!