The board hand-picked by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that must approve his ban of selling large sugar-filled drinks at restaurants might be looking at other targets.
The New York City Board of Health showed support for limiting sizes of sugary drinks at a Tuesday meeting in Queens. They agreed to start the process to formalize the large-drink ban by agreeing to start a six-week public comment period.
At the meeting, some of the members of board said they should be considering other limits on high-calorie foods.
One member, Bruce Vladeck, thinks limiting the sizes for movie theater popcorn should be considered.
"The popcorn isn't a whole lot better than the soda," Vladeck said.
Another board member thinks milk drinks should fall under the size limits.
"There are certainly milkshakes and milk-coffee beverages that have monstrous amounts of calories," said board member Dr. Joel Forman.
Mayor Bloomberg says the drink rules are an attempt to fight obesity in the city. It would limit food service establishments in the city from serving drinks bigger than 16 ounces but would allow refills.
The New York City Restaurant Association is fighting the proposal and is considering legal action of it goes into effect.
New York City voters oppose 51 - 46 percent Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on the sale of over-sized sugary soft drinks, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.
The problem with this logic is that healthy people cost more to the healthcare system than unhealthy people. Reason is people who are healthy live longer.
A person who lives to a 100 will cost twice as much as person who has a horrible life style and dies at 50. Actually it will probably more than twice as much if you factor in inflation and general healthcare costs.
So really, people who are healthy should be charged more for healthcare because they will tax the system for a longer period of time. I know this flys in the face of conventional wisdom but the data does not lie!
In conclusion New York has it all wrong; we should be encouraging people to be unhealthy because it will drive down healthcare cost in the long run.
Instead of another tax, how about teaching personal responsibility and self control?? Not only will you be keeping a person healthy but it will also give them tools which can be used to help them succeed in life.
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What is this "common sense" you speak of? What time does it come on TV, maybe I will record it. But only if it is a reality show where people get voted off. And there is sex. Lots and lots of sex. And I can have my 32-oz big gulp soda, with no ice and extra soda, at my side.
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Did I read that suggestion from Mayor Bloomberg to limit the size to 16oz but give free refils correctly? What exactly does that accomplish. That's the same as going back for seconds at Thanksgiving. You know you shouldn't, but it's too good to pass up.
Authorities should be appealing to the Beverage lobby and appeal to their common sense in terms of container size.