Belinda Melton
Belinda Melton

I am all for being healthy, but it is not about being controlled, it is a personal decision. Join the health movement belinda916.myvi.net

Katherine Kaufman
Katherine Kaufman

I think these foods are toxic and F with peoples ability to make healthy choices and these foods should not be made at all. There are healthy options for folks, but since they are not subsidized, only the middle & upper class can afford the healthier options. It is strange to, that even pesticides and chemical fertilizers which are known toxins for the soil, farmer and our bodies can be put in our food, and again are cheaper than the natural alternatives. It is a twisted world. I think the...

I think these foods are toxic and F with peoples ability to make healthy choices and these foods should not be made at all. There are healthy options for folks, but since they are not subsidized, only the middle & upper class can afford the healthier options. It is strange to, that even pesticides and chemical fertilizers which are known toxins for the soil, farmer and our bodies can be put in our food, and again are cheaper than the natural alternatives. It is a twisted world. I think the Gov should subsidize Organic Bio Dynamic growing practices and natural, whole foods, and put taxes on the stuff that slowly is destroying us, like tobacco, making these less desirable!

Charles Lucas
Charles Lucas

This is America and this ban on large or any legal beverage is Unconstitutional.If they wan start an add campaign agains the evils of sugar and obesity ; bavo! Government at any level does not belong in my use or my choice of ANYTHING that is legal. When does the class on " Heil Bloomberg " start and how big will the gestapo be to enforce this bit of sedition. That any legislative body would come up with and pass this edict of idocy is incompetent and a shame on Democracy.

Brian Evelich
Brian Evelich

Loosely comparing the proposed soda ban to the city's cigarette smoking laws in this article is misleading. The smoking restrictions are based on second hand smoke effects on others nearby to smokers (public risk to others). The soda ban is fully based on meddlesome thinking that is misguided and a clear overstep of the government into individual rights. Soda isn't illegal, and isn;t a controlled substance. We'll be entering a new era of prohibition, this time over soda instead of liquor....

Loosely comparing the proposed soda ban to the city's cigarette smoking laws in this article is misleading. The smoking restrictions are based on second hand smoke effects on others nearby to smokers (public risk to others). The soda ban is fully based on meddlesome thinking that is misguided and a clear overstep of the government into individual rights. Soda isn't illegal, and isn;t a controlled substance. We'll be entering a new era of prohibition, this time over soda instead of liquor. Perhaps Mayor Bloomberg can put his efforts into eliminating homelessness and crime from the lives of New Yorks citizens instead, a job he was elected to do.

Brian Evelich
Brian Evelich
  • Brian Evelich

We could make a fortune, I'll invent a breathalizer test for sugar content (finger sticks are invasive and cause bleeding so they would be considered cruel and unusual punishment). I'm waiting for the list of other legal habits which in cause problems such as gambling, pornography and workplace relationships that destroy marriages and families, excessive work days which cause stress, sports which causes elevated blood pressure, hey marriage is stressful, maybe they should ban... (oops, sorry that one is already under attack).

Patricia Cunningham
Patricia Cunningham
  • Brian Evelich

Ed Snedeker : The smoking ban was necessary. Smokers have no right to pollute the public air with dangerous 2nd-hand fumes. However, this sugar-drink proposal is ludicrous, and won't change anything.

Kris Redmond
Kris Redmond
  • Brian Evelich

Marcus Haas Right on man! and Brian Evelich~what a fortune that would be

Mike Mischak
Mike Mischak

No one needs a half gallon of soda to go along with a hamburger but the government isn't the one who should be outlawing it. Instead Bloomberg and his fellow politicians should be outlawing the sugar substitutes that are know to cause cancer. I don't see that happening because politicians don't like to bite the hand that feeds them. Pathetic!

Floyd L. Mood III
Floyd L. Mood III

If individual citizens choose to take drastic measures in their own life then so be it. This is just foolishness to think any kind of prohibition will work. Maybe Mayor Bloomberg should make some public announcements expressing his concern and make a suggestion for citizens to exercise some person discipline in their own eating habits.

John Morrison
John Morrison

I THINK IT'S UP TO THE PEOPLE TO REGULATE WHAT THEY WANT, BESIDES THE SODA COMPANYS ARE DOING A GOOD JOB BY MAKEING SMALLER CANS OR UPPING THE PRICE.

Arthur Brown
Arthur Brown

surely there must be more important items on the agenda for NYC than this! It smells like "Big Brother" has taken over the chambers......

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.

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 L. Hayes
Tammy L. 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?

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