New York City has passed a very important initiative: The Banning of giant sugary 16 oz drinks! Now I question the timing of this well-thought initiative as I have serious doubts that it is more pressing than the ultimate comprehensive health package; but what do I know? The political underpinnings today is beyond the liberal arts reason that was taught to me. Even so though I cannot help but feel this bill that-which benevolent intentions -is not going to deter the underlying issue (obesity). In fact, it looks like this bill is missing the complete point completely.
Now on a logical basis, what prevents the person who has a 12 oz cup filling it up once and taking 4 oz worth of semi-gulps and then refilling it once again? Still if refills are allowed for a lesser fee then I guess it can work. But, usually fast food chains allow free refills within a single stay- so if anything – this ought to be viewed as a minor inconvenience at best. One other point and critique on solely just on the size: is there enough of a significant effect between the 16 oz vis a vis the 12 oz drink? Meaning, is that four oz difference going to really have such a desired effect for the whole NYC populous? The 4 oz difference should be no more than 170 calorie difference with also negligible sugar differences as well. Also, what about diet drinks that have zero calories? It is unnecessary that this has to apply to diet drinks but I guess how would legislative enforce that?
In addition, do they (lawmakers) have empirical scientific data that implicates a better NYC if 16 oz drinks were banned? I really suspect not. So, if they’re banning 16 oz drinks can they ban giant bags of hot cheetos and pork grinds? What about trans fat cupcakes? I hear hydrogenated oil is hard to burn off for the 5’9 NYC woman who weighs an astounding 140 lbs. That needs to go as well.
And lastly, and my most important point is why do NYC lawmakers feel the need to infringe on such a trivial and insignificant micro problem of a much larger one? Bigger drinks is a symptom of the overall obesity problem. They’re not attacking the source of the problem and that is fast food chains in general. Also, as we know, our economy is not doing so well right now. Citizens cannot afford to eat healthy as it’s generally more expensive and considered a luxury. That type of unfortunate correlation needs to change.