No More Big Gulps for the Big Apple
Last week the City Board of Health in New York banned the sale of sugary beverages over 16 oz. The ban goes into effect in 6 months unless the decision is overturned by a judge. It would have to be a judge with a really big bladder though, or a belief in the freedom of choice.
No more sugar bombs at movie theatres, sporting events and restaurants (not that many restaurants even sell 16 ouncers). Few people actually drink anything that big, but indulgences at movie theatres and sporting events are just part of a fun evening out.
Let’s face it, if people don’t think a 16oz glass of pop is ok for them at the time, they don’t buy it. Apologies to the extra thirsty community of New York (and to the aspiring diabetics).
The ban is preceded by laws mandating the display of nutritional information on restaurant menus, and a limitation on trans fat. Mayor Bloomberg seems to be really concerned for the health of New Yorkers. Much more so than New Yorkers themselves - 6 out of 10 were against the big drink ban. No doubt they’re more against being told what to do than no longer having 20 oz pops at hand.
A message to all our friends in New York: go get a double cheeseburger while you still can!