Rebecca Yorke
Rebecca Yorke

As a diabetic, I know I need to elimimate sugary drinks such as these, but I cherish the freedom I have to order one up if I so desire. This proposed stupidity is merely another in a long line of attempts to regulate individual's private behaviour, and it needs to stop!

Anna Woodcock
Anna Woodcock
  • Rebecca Yorke

I couldn't agree with you more Rebecca, here in Canada our freedom is slowly being taken away from us, with back to work orders and new laws that govern how many can gather in one spot for a peaceful protest, this is just another example of our freedom being at risk and as you know we always follow the U.S.A. This is getting a lot of support in the United States especially since Michelle Obama agreed with the Mayor.

Christine M. Lombardi
Christine M. Lombardi
  • Rebecca Yorke

i also am a diabetic and am well aware of what i can and cannot eat...it is not wise to not include sugar in your diet. the first thing i go for when i go in a diabetic incident is chocolate or orange juicr sugary.

Anna Woodcock
Anna Woodcock
  • Rebecca Yorke

I see it more as a war against over wieight people who "they" view as being too stupid to take care of themselves and that is how we got in that condition in the first place. While in reality most people are over weight because of thier family genes or the kind of food they can aford to buy, all the healthy stuff cost so much.

Anna Woodcock
Anna Woodcock
  • Rebecca Yorke

I couldn't agree more Jenie, that is another reason why it is so important to vote! There is power in numbers.

Betty J Tindle
Betty J Tindle
  • Rebecca Yorke

Anna Woodcock That and sitting here at the computer all day, when I was a kid we didn't have this. LOL :) I don't think it helps.

Tammy Hayes
Tammy Hayes
  • Rebecca Yorke

How about life style changes? How many of us actually break a sweat throughout a normal day? We sit in the office from 8-5, go home, fix dinner and plunk down in front of the tv or computer until we go to bed. Those who are physically active and have an active lifestyle are rarely fat. While genetics play a large part in body size, next time you see a heavy set person in the grocery store, look in their shopping cart. I'll bet you there will be Twinkies, 12 packs of soda pop, candy, etc.,...

How about life style changes? How many of us actually break a sweat throughout a normal day? We sit in the office from 8-5, go home, fix dinner and plunk down in front of the tv or computer until we go to bed. Those who are physically active and have an active lifestyle are rarely fat. While genetics play a large part in body size, next time you see a heavy set person in the grocery store, look in their shopping cart. I'll bet you there will be Twinkies, 12 packs of soda pop, candy, etc., etc. And they will walk out with a higher grocery bill than the skinnier person standing next in line that has lettuce, spinach, apples, oranges, milk, yogurt, etc., in their cart. Have you seen the price of candy lately? Anyone with a brain would know not to buy it compared to fruits/veggies if you don't have a lot of money. So I do not believe that "it's too expensive to buy fruits/veggies." That's just not true.

Charlene Wood
Charlene Wood
  • Rebecca Yorke

Why do you think they want gun control, first they take your guns and then they take your freedom. When are Americans going to wake up .If they get control of the size of your soda, next it will be your ice cream cone, then your loaf of bread, until you will get a little box each month containing only what the government has set forth as suitable for your family to consume, and even this you will pay for.NOTHING IS FREE. Making people buy health insurance is not providing affordable health...

Why do you think they want gun control, first they take your guns and then they take your freedom. When are Americans going to wake up .If they get control of the size of your soda, next it will be your ice cream cone, then your loaf of bread, until you will get a little box each month containing only what the government has set forth as suitable for your family to consume, and even this you will pay for.NOTHING IS FREE. Making people buy health insurance is not providing affordable health care either.I recently spent 5 hours in the hospital, the total bill before the adjustments was 34,000.00

Charlene Wood
Charlene Wood
  • Rebecca Yorke

Anna Woodcock , The idiots in Washington think we are all to stupid to decide what to eat and drink. Does anyone think for an instant that they really care about our health?

Alicia Donahue
Alicia Donahue

It is not the governments job to tell us what we should and shouldn't consume just because some people aren't responsible enough to figure it out themselves. Why is it my problem as a tourist that the city has an obese problem, I can't order the drink I want because of it? Stop trying to control every aspect of our lives!

Adrienne Ross Manninen
Adrienne Ross Manninen
  • Alicia Donahue

Here's my thoughts: if Americans are so obese than why is the bad stuff so cheap and fruits and veggies so expensive? Maybe if that were reversed we would be able to afford the healthy stuff and slim down...

Aaron Capron
Aaron Capron
  • Alicia Donahue

Couldn't have said it better, Adrienne!!! Maybe the govt should try to subsidize or help try to lower the cost of healthy foods and promote it rather than try to ban the bad stuff!

Robert Swarts
Robert Swarts
  • Alicia Donahue

The problem with your statement, Adrienne, is that most Americans don't know what fruits and vegetables to buy and when one should buy them. For the most part, fruits aren't as important for a balanced diet when compared to vegetables.

Additionally, we Americans as a whole tend to put more stock into quantity of food over quality. We use larger plates and bowls in our homes, eat more meat and dairy than most other nations, and tend to spend more money for more food than any other...

The problem with your statement, Adrienne, is that most Americans don't know what fruits and vegetables to buy and when one should buy them. For the most part, fruits aren't as important for a balanced diet when compared to vegetables.

Additionally, we Americans as a whole tend to put more stock into quantity of food over quality. We use larger plates and bowls in our homes, eat more meat and dairy than most other nations, and tend to spend more money for more food than any other country in the world - save perhaps Great Britain.

Doing a little research will generate a seasonal list of healthy fruits, vegetables, and seafood that one can buy in season while reducing one's diet to a portion and quality that is on par with other developed nations in the world.

Eggs, spinach, white/brown rice, lentils, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, tofu, garlic, lemons are all rather inexpensive. Pair these staple veggies with your region's seasonal fruits and vegetables and you're looking at a grocery bill similar to what you would currently have for high-processed foods, particularly if you live in an urban area and can get to an Asian supermarket or a rural area and can buy from a farmers stand/farmers market.

I am not, of course, pretending that I am a nutritionist and certainly wouldn't recommend anyone adopt an average adult diet for children the age of yours. It is, however, possible to jump away from processed foods entirely by way of smart shopping while reducing portions and increasing nutrition for essentially the same amount of money.

Alexandra Pluscarr
Alexandra Pluscarr
  • Alicia Donahue

Adrienne Ross Manninen Yes! That's great! That's how the mayor intended it - to tax unhealthy items (like cigarettes) to discourage use. I heard that the tax was not approved so he is going for the ban now. Either way, may we all lead healthier lives!

Wendy Christine Hastings
Wendy Christine Hastings
  • Alicia Donahue

Amen Adrienne! I have been complaining about this forever! How do they expect people in a bad economy to afford healthy food when it's so out of reach financially? People tend to buy what they have money for which happens to be junk. Maybe the vendors and whoever else determines how it is priced need to take responsibility for the junk being cheap and the healthy stuff being too expensive? People can't spend money they don't have. Sadly, people on food stamps are not going to take that...

Amen Adrienne! I have been complaining about this forever! How do they expect people in a bad economy to afford healthy food when it's so out of reach financially? People tend to buy what they have money for which happens to be junk. Maybe the vendors and whoever else determines how it is priced need to take responsibility for the junk being cheap and the healthy stuff being too expensive? People can't spend money they don't have. Sadly, people on food stamps are not going to take that opportunity to eat better..they are going to continue to buy junk because that is what's cheap.

Tammy Hayes
Tammy Hayes
  • Alicia Donahue

Adrienne, I don't know where you live, but where I live, I can buy veggies and fruit at a reasonable price, and actually choose to buy those over chips, etc., because it IS cheaper. A bag of potato chips is now over $3 or so, unless it's on sale. I can buy bananas for $.50/lb, or grapes for under $2.00/lb, or zucchini, or carrots, or, whatever, and not spend as much as I would if I filled my basket with junk food. There are even CSAs available throughout most of the country, and just about...

Adrienne, I don't know where you live, but where I live, I can buy veggies and fruit at a reasonable price, and actually choose to buy those over chips, etc., because it IS cheaper. A bag of potato chips is now over $3 or so, unless it's on sale. I can buy bananas for $.50/lb, or grapes for under $2.00/lb, or zucchini, or carrots, or, whatever, and not spend as much as I would if I filled my basket with junk food. There are even CSAs available throughout most of the country, and just about anyone can grow a bit of a garden if they so chose. So I don't know where healthy food is more expensive than junk food. It comes down to a personal choice, not availability. Yes, organic is pricey, but you don't have to eat organic all of the time.

Russell Barton
Russell Barton
  • Alicia Donahue

Adrienne Ross Manninen That is because they now pay more for corn and soy beans that are grown for vehicle fuel than they would pay for fuel resource extraction that is already in the ground. Thus the price of food goes up. Things that were basic life and necessity for our bodies years ago have now become luxuries. Carbon is carbon... anything living which dies or is heated and consumed by fire leaves carbon. Soy bean oil burned as bio diesel still produces carbon, same as petroleum which...

Adrienne Ross Manninen That is because they now pay more for corn and soy beans that are grown for vehicle fuel than they would pay for fuel resource extraction that is already in the ground. Thus the price of food goes up. Things that were basic life and necessity for our bodies years ago have now become luxuries. Carbon is carbon... anything living which dies or is heated and consumed by fire leaves carbon. Soy bean oil burned as bio diesel still produces carbon, same as petroleum which also is organic material... just aged a little longer. Why have people lost their common sense and education in this country? Going green is a lie... it's all about enslaving a world with a perpetuated taxation. Should people manage their health? of course. But, no law will accomplish this in the same way that self control will.

Dee Miller
Dee Miller
  • Alicia Donahue

Does anyone grow/raise their own?

Doreen Murray
Doreen Murray

The increase in kids with diabetes is enough reason for me to agree with it... the poor little kids are suffering because no one is teaching them to eat health or providing them with healthy food...and we are paying the bills both the medical bills and the junk food bills. I was behind someone in the grocery store recently with 2 carts full of nothing but junk and out comes the ebt card..it made me want to speak up and say if you're going to spend my tax dollars how about buying at least a...

The increase in kids with diabetes is enough reason for me to agree with it... the poor little kids are suffering because no one is teaching them to eat health or providing them with healthy food...and we are paying the bills both the medical bills and the junk food bills. I was behind someone in the grocery store recently with 2 carts full of nothing but junk and out comes the ebt card..it made me want to speak up and say if you're going to spend my tax dollars how about buying at least a few vegetables you'd be more healthy and maybe you wouldn't weigh 400 lbs.

Doreen Murray
Doreen Murray
  • Doreen Murray

I agree it's extreme and I doubt it'll ever happen but all of the attention it's getting may make a few people think about it and realize what they are doing to themselves and their kids. Making a stupid suggestion can sometimes force people to come up with a smart solution..it can't hurt to try.

Doreen Murray
Doreen Murray
  • Doreen Murray

By the end of 2004, super size will no longer be available at the nation's 13,000-plus McDonald's outlets except in certain promotions, McDonald's spokesman Walt Riker said.
The change comes as the world's largest restaurant company, and fast-food chains in general, are under growing public pressure to give consumers healthier food options in a nation that has suddenly become aware of its bulging waistline and the health dangers that come with it.

Autumn Murray
Autumn Murray
  • Doreen Murray

all government food programs like foodstamps and whatnot should be modeled after wic. it allows people the choice, but at the same time requires healthier eating. soda is not a necessary item in anybody's diet, it's a luxury and if ppl want it they should buy it with their own money.

Autumn Murray
Autumn Murray
  • Doreen Murray

alison, they can't naturally select themselves out, the poorest people are the most overweight. since the poorest people likely receive government help with healthcare, they're further stressing an already ailing healthcare system and racking up gigantic medical bills that have to get paid by someone...

Autumn Murray
Autumn Murray
  • Doreen Murray

there are an inordinate amount of kids who have either ignorant or just plain awful parents. somebody needs to care aboutt their well being

Doreen Murray
Doreen Murray
  • Doreen Murray

I can't help but worry about sick kids I don't care who's they are..I remember a little girl in kindergarten who's mother sent her to school with 2 or 3 hot dogs everyday for a snack...on playground she couldn't run with the other 5 yr olds she couldn't even walk 1 full lap...that's child abuse if you ask me.

Sandra Lehman
Sandra Lehman

ABSOLUTELY NOT! I'I'M SICK OF OUR GOVERNMENT).

Barbara Lehman
Barbara Lehman
  • Sandra Lehman

Me too they suck!!!!!!

Rebecca Ramirez
Rebecca Ramirez

People just need to quit being effin pigs about food and drinks. Its like REALLY? do you REALLY need to supersize it? Do you REALLY need that second plate? or that 3rd piece of pizza? and STOP FLAVORING WATER! Its just as bad as drinking soda or koolaid lol. Water isn't supposed to HAVE a flavor! Moderating you food intake isn't the only thing that's bad. Being lazy is another factor. Quit complaining about you being fat but all you do is sit there. You want something to drink and there's a...

People just need to quit being effin pigs about food and drinks. Its like REALLY? do you REALLY need to supersize it? Do you REALLY need that second plate? or that 3rd piece of pizza? and STOP FLAVORING WATER! Its just as bad as drinking soda or koolaid lol. Water isn't supposed to HAVE a flavor! Moderating you food intake isn't the only thing that's bad. Being lazy is another factor. Quit complaining about you being fat but all you do is sit there. You want something to drink and there's a gas station around the corner. DOn't GET IN YOUR CAR TO DRIVE AROUND THE CORNER! Get your lazy self up and WALK! Screw it...RUN! Why do you take public transportation to work? Not only are you supporting your community but you have to walk to the stops or a couple blocks to your workplace. Work out RIGHT after work while your still out. Take your workout clothes with you. I DOn't CARE HOW TIRED YOU ARE! Once you get home you wont want to leave. Its not hard, just STFU and get with it.

I know its harsh but maybe its what the lazy and obese people need to hear. I hear from family and friends about how they need to exercise and diet but then they sit on their ass and eat hella junk food then they tell me its hard to lose weight. No its not...just do it, youll eventually get there. I DO have a high metabolism so I cant say Ive ever gone on one but I do work out to keep tone on my body from having 2 kids. Otherwise, Id be a flabby skinny chick lol.

Rebecca Ramirez
Rebecca Ramirez
  • Rebecca Ramirez

OH AND AS FOR THE SUPER SIZE...USUALLY I only see that ONE person ordering for themselves and sitting down to eat it. The only time I supersize is to share with my husband or kids. I couldnt eat all that myself lol

Dan Huculak
Dan Huculak

If it's legal to purchase, leave it alone and focus on items that are NOT legal.

Doug Lysak
Doug Lysak
  • Dan Huculak

So true...just never stops. Priorities people.

Betsy Westerström
Betsy Westerström

So what I'm hearing here is this... NO, we DO NOT want Government intervention on what size drink we can buy... I'll agree to that, I certainly DO NOT want bigger government! BUT... and here's the deal, Government CAN and SHOULD govern the commercials viewed by children, ie. for super duper sugary cereals, soft drinks, etc. Or, perhaps, ALL commercials that promote the garbage that people are consuming! There SHOULD be a BIG increase and/or a luxury tax on items that are ANYTHING LESS than...

So what I'm hearing here is this... NO, we DO NOT want Government intervention on what size drink we can buy... I'll agree to that, I certainly DO NOT want bigger government! BUT... and here's the deal, Government CAN and SHOULD govern the commercials viewed by children, ie. for super duper sugary cereals, soft drinks, etc. Or, perhaps, ALL commercials that promote the garbage that people are consuming! There SHOULD be a BIG increase and/or a luxury tax on items that are ANYTHING LESS than healthful, and Government needs to focus on educating our population on WHAT is considered good nutrition... it is NOT chicken nuggets (chicken parts) or hot dogs, or curly fries, or potato chips, etc. etc. etc. AND, before I forget NOOOOO to GMO! Get Monsanto OUT of peoples lives!

Betsy Westerström
Betsy Westerström
  • Betsy Westerström

Common sense is all well and good, and free choice when an adult and on your own, that I agree with... but just have a look at what has been marketed to the school systems, served to children in cafeterias across the country, garbage without nutritive value whatsover, sodas, etc. kids grow up with that example, I DO think these mega corporations mass producing tater tots, chicken pieces, with filler, additives, etc. need to be held accountable!! If you haven't watched it then tune into...

Common sense is all well and good, and free choice when an adult and on your own, that I agree with... but just have a look at what has been marketed to the school systems, served to children in cafeterias across the country, garbage without nutritive value whatsover, sodas, etc. kids grow up with that example, I DO think these mega corporations mass producing tater tots, chicken pieces, with filler, additives, etc. need to be held accountable!! If you haven't watched it then tune into Jaimie Olivers' attempt to re-organize the American school cafeteria in W. Va., it's enough to make you sick!!...and it IS making kids sick and obese!

Chhatra Magar
Chhatra Magar

If there are risks involved in such drinks, they should be banned from all over the world by WHO.

Patricia Leeson
Patricia Leeson
  • Chhatra Magar

I'm pretty sure the World Health Organization has much more serious concerns than banning soft drinks, like AIDS epidemic, starving children and adults.

Michelle Gann
Michelle Gann

Sugary drinks? Seriously? They want to ban sugary drinks and not ban alcohol/tobacco?

Michelle Gann
Michelle Gann
  • Michelle Gann

Personally, I don't think any of it should be banned. I was just sayin'. However, you can see cancer once they start with the treatments. Cirrhosis.. sorry, that is pretty disgusting yellow, too. Lol. I don't think fat is as disgusting as the anorexic, bulimic, skin-n-bones type, but that's just my opinion.

Blair Rutledge Davidson

It is a shame that we Americans are so lacking in self control that a ban on over sized sugar laden beverages is needed! But the alternative is that we Americans end up with not one but two generations of obese people who will undoubtedly bleed the system dry seeking free medical services paid for out of your and my tax dollars, so why not? As an added note and as a way to show that there is a legal precedent to back up the mayors decision there are cities counties and states that do not allow the sale of the 40 oz beer.....

Laura Kelter-Pelton
Laura Kelter-Pelton
  • Blair Rutledge Davidson

I couldn't believe it when I heard people @ work talking about this

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