with author Jackie Morgan MacDougall
the plan to ban supersized sodas
You could call it the big gulp heard around the nation. If you're a fan of super-sized sodas, you might want to steer clear of NYC. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with the Health Department, has big plans to ban sugary soft drinks larger than 16 ounces in restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums and arenas. [Read the full story here]
“Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible,’ ” Mr. Bloomberg said. “New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something,” he said. “I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do.”
Not surprisingly, Coca Cola Co. isn't thrilled. “The people of New York City are much smarter than the New York City Health Department believes," spokesperson Kirsten Witt Webb tells Bloomberg.com. “They can make their own choices about the beverages they purchase. We hope New Yorkers loudly voice their disapproval about this arbitrary mandate.”
With obesity, diabetes and a plethora of other diseases at an all-time high, do you think Bloomberg is on to something? Or should the government back off when it comes to our own personal choices? We want to hear from you!