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.

Chris Albright
Chris Albright

I don't think the government should ban it, but I do think they should put a hefty tax on it (along with all other junk food) and earmark it towards health care. Our country is in obesity epidemic and something needs to be done!

Lisa McSwain Nalley
Lisa McSwain Nalley
  • Chris Albright

Do you not think we are taxed enough??? Taxing FOOD??? Be it junk food or food in general! What will be next......white bread because it's bad for you??? Ridiculous! I cannot believe this is such a big deal! Obesity in our country is actually due to video games and a million TV channels! Everyone stays in front of a monitor or screen! It isn't due to the food we eat! And people will NOT stop eating or drinking due to a tax! If you are going to be fat you are going to be fat! I was...

Do you not think we are taxed enough??? Taxing FOOD??? Be it junk food or food in general! What will be next......white bread because it's bad for you??? Ridiculous! I cannot believe this is such a big deal! Obesity in our country is actually due to video games and a million TV channels! Everyone stays in front of a monitor or screen! It isn't due to the food we eat! And people will NOT stop eating or drinking due to a tax! If you are going to be fat you are going to be fat! I was fat 45 years ago and there was NO obesity problem! We didn't have the abundance of fast food or soft drinks then but I FOUND a way to be fat because I liked to eat!!! So apparently you are in the dark somewhere in a closet or you don't eat snacks or drink sugary drinks! It is possible to be fat WOTHOUT the sodas!!! DUH!!!

Christy Viers
Christy Viers
  • Chris Albright

You are crazy if you want more taxes on "junk" food!! Come on!!!! It is our responsibilities to take control of our health and wellness. And, if I want to treat myself to a candy bar on occasion, I don't want to pay a "hefty" tax for a treat!!!

Chris Albright
Chris Albright
  • Chris Albright

Lisa McSwain Nalley Our obesity is a result of over eating, too many junk foods, and lack of physical activity. Taxing would be a good way to help fund health care. We all know that there are many diseases of obesity and these have to be treated. Why should a healthy person have to pay the same insurance rates as an unhealthy person. After all....don't high risk drivers pay more for auto insurance?

Henry Domke
Henry Domke
  • Chris Albright

Must be nice being in the top 1%, the rest of us really can't afford food as is, and you're pushing for a 'hefty' tax on food? Sure, it starts on 'junk' food, but if they can tax that, they can tax any edible. Although... it would be an excellent way to push the depression into a rebellion and then into open revolution. -strokes beard- A lot of innocents would get killed, but getting rid of all the corporate puppets in office and getting actual representatives in congress, the House, and...

Must be nice being in the top 1%, the rest of us really can't afford food as is, and you're pushing for a 'hefty' tax on food? Sure, it starts on 'junk' food, but if they can tax that, they can tax any edible. Although... it would be an excellent way to push the depression into a rebellion and then into open revolution. -strokes beard- A lot of innocents would get killed, but getting rid of all the corporate puppets in office and getting actual representatives in congress, the House, and presidency might well be the only way to restore the republic and prevent the total collapse of the 'Great Experiment'. At the current rate, America will be a Plutocracy within 20 years, maybe less...

Cindy Lowe
Cindy Lowe
  • Chris Albright

oh yeah so since fat people can't push their plate away I have to pay 5 bucks for a freakin bag of m&m's. That makes a lot of sense.

CM Recio
CM Recio

Last I heard, we lived in a democracy. Somebody should remind Bloomberg. I should have the right to choose what I want to eat & drink, without anyone in government interfering. I know what's healthy, what's not, but should still be my choice.

CM Recio
CM Recio
  • CM Recio

Well thank you for the history lesson. Yes we are a republic, but are not some third word country, & my point is that in this country, we supposedly enjoy certain freedoms & if I feel like ordering a large coke with my popcorn when I go to the movies, or if I feel like going to a burger joint, & I order a fat juicy cheeseburger & fries, then I should be able to do so without anyone in government putting their two cents, & trying to dictate, what I can, or cannot eat, or drink.

Trish T-Bossy
Trish T-Bossy
  • CM Recio

I couldn't agree more!

Trish T-Bossy
Trish T-Bossy
  • CM Recio

CM Recio I didn't want you to confuse the drones

Mark Sudia
Mark Sudia
  • CM Recio

Ah yes,Democracy. "The Art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage." H. L. Mencken. "The Greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our freedom is IS the freedom to discipline ourselves." Bernard Baruch.

David Brenda Parnell
David Brenda Parnell
  • CM Recio

CM Recio YOU ARE SO RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT ARE WE ALL VOTING FOR WHEN WE VOTE??? TO SEE IF WE CAN DRINK OVER A 16OZ.SUGAR DRINK.WHAT I THINK THAT SHOULD BE UP TO ME BRENDA WHAT I WANT TO DRINK. HERE ARE WE OUR TROOPS ARE GTTING KILLED ETC. FOR US TO B FREE AND WALK ON OUR STREETS WITH OUT GETTING SHOT AND THEY THE GOVERNMENT IS WORRIED ABOUT DRINKING OVER A 16 OZ. SUGAR DRINK!!!! OH!!!!!!MY GOSH WHERE IS THIRE COMMON SENSE THIS SO STUPID PEOPLE DON'T YOU THINK!!!!!!!!!!!

Charlene Wood
Charlene Wood
  • CM Recio

I drink diet , caffeine free soda, and I still don't want the government to regulate anything like this. That is not I repeat NOT the job of the government.

Larry Lawrence
Larry Lawrence

bloomberg is a fucking hypocrite his real gold is to be able to tax it that's all he all about the money if his real concern was to help why don't he band cigarettes in new york city band all alcohol from new York city but no they make too much taxes from it people die every day from smoking and drinking and i do both I'm not looking to get them band but look at the picture he want to be able to tax it that's all. bloomsburg passes that impression he wants to be green. first find a...

bloomberg is a fucking hypocrite his real gold is to be able to tax it that's all he all about the money if his real concern was to help why don't he band cigarettes in new york city band all alcohol from new York city but no they make too much taxes from it people die every day from smoking and drinking and i do both I'm not looking to get them band but look at the picture he want to be able to tax it that's all. bloomsburg passes that impression he wants to be green. first find a different method for the alternate side parking nonsense every morning hundreds of thousands of cars have to move for no necessary reason which is contributing hundreds of thousands of carbon monoxide pollution outside into the air everyday but its ok they tow they ticket its a money making machine for them who cares about the air surely not a hypocrite like bloomberg if it money he can make off it that's the direction it goes

Donna Iarrapino
Donna Iarrapino
  • Larry Lawrence

BUT babe! The real scary underlying point IS, who is he to tell people they cant drink 16 oz of anything. Rationing our beverages and next our food. Soon we wont be able to purchase more than 4 pieces of chicken a week for a family of 5. WTF

Larry Lawrence
Larry Lawrence
  • Larry Lawrence

I know babe your absolutely right but I just know its all about the money they will let you buy 100 chicken pieces as long as they can tax you more on it he's not trying to ban it that's just his way on working around to getting it tax more he knows people won't agree on that so he will turn around and say ok pay me tax on it its the old bait and switch game

Larry Lawrence
Larry Lawrence
  • Larry Lawrence

Here in america the land of the free its only free if they can tax you for everything lol

Ksenia Kondakova
Ksenia Kondakova
  • Larry Lawrence

I guess you are right. But to support my point of view, I'll say, drinks not always were sold in 16 oz bottles. Remember the old times. It all started with a tiny bottle and a can. Why don't we go back to those times? The manufacturers and soda brands keep making them bigger to make your addiction to it stronger. And you are redly consuming more and more!

Donald Morrow
Donald Morrow

I feel that government should ban dangerous practices, like the use of toxic waist in sewer sludge used as fertilizer grow our food.

Donald Morrow
Donald Morrow
  • Donald Morrow

I need SUGAR.

Donald Morrow
Donald Morrow
  • Donald Morrow

Lots and lots of SUGAR

Donald Morrow
Donald Morrow
  • Donald Morrow

What, banning sugar when they cannot keep cigarettes and illegal drugs under control????????

Andrew Meredith
Andrew Meredith

The first reflex for these nannying control freaks is to reach for the pen and slice another chunk off our individual freedom. They obviously can work out for themselves that there are pitifully simple ways round this legislation, so they obviously don't actually want to solve the problem. When you see stuff like this coming through, it is obvious that the politician concerned just wants to "Do Something". Please note I said "Do Something", not "Do Something Useful" or "Do Something...

The first reflex for these nannying control freaks is to reach for the pen and slice another chunk off our individual freedom. They obviously can work out for themselves that there are pitifully simple ways round this legislation, so they obviously don't actually want to solve the problem. When you see stuff like this coming through, it is obvious that the politician concerned just wants to "Do Something". Please note I said "Do Something", not "Do Something Useful" or "Do Something Effective".. just "Something". There should be a mechanism to prevent muppets like this from stuffing the law books full of pointless posturing instead of measured and properly thought out legislation.

Oh and sad to see that this article concerns "The Land of the Free". I'm afraid the USA has long since gone past the point where this old phrase is just an international joke. Its now not even funny any more. How long before American dissidents are getting false passports and flying to the safety of China or trying to tunnel their way to the freedom in Mexico and Canada.

Scott Fletcher
Scott Fletcher
  • Andrew Meredith

What's the point, if you want to drink your own weight in sugar you will just go an buy several 2L bottles of coke and drink them. Maybe the financial crisis is just a bit too tricky to deal with so they are looking for 'success' elsewhere.

Andrew Meredith
Andrew Meredith
  • Andrew Meredith

You'd probably have to buy several dozen small bottles of coke from several different shops, but yes, quite, it actually makes no practical difference if you want to drown in E numbers, phosphoric acid and refined sugar.

Ann Perch
Ann Perch

This is beyond stupid. I don't drink soda nor am I overweight. Government officials are all nuts these days. Zero common sense or any other kind. Fire them all!!

Dan Bergman
Dan Bergman
  • Ann Perch

Curious: what do you think about schools limiting the amount of soda on campus? (not college)

Doreene Shenberger
Doreene Shenberger

The government should be worrying about more import meant things than how many calories we consume. Maybe they should stop putting hormones in our meat.

Bayle Mayo
Bayle Mayo
  • Doreene Shenberger

Heck no i would be ticked off

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