This summer, New York City?s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, declared war on supersized, sugary drinks. He proposed banning sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces ? meaning the soda I usually buy would be illegal (I mean who buys the soda in a can anymore? It takes me less than one minute to polish off one of those). Here are more details on the proposal.
When I first heard about the proposal I was immediately against it. My thought process sorta went like this: I live in America. America is about freedom. If I want to drink 20 ounces of soda, by golly, I live in America and should have the freedom to do so!
But here?s the thing…sugary drinks are the number one source of extra calories for Americans. And as a nation, we need to eat and drink less. 30 percent of adults and about 20 percent of children are obese. By 2030, 42% of adults will be obese.
The number of people who are severely obese (at least 100 pounds overweight) is supposed to double by 2030.
The health and monetary costs are well documented. Our obesity epidemic is not only draining money from our economy but some predict baby boomers will be the first generation to outlive their kids.
But what really convinced me is when I experienced what Mayor Bloomberg was talking about in real life.
One night, my boyfriend and I were both seized by cravings for milkshakes. The ?omg I need to satisfy this right now? type of craving that can?t wait. So after yelping ?milkshakes, current location? we popped into a highly rated restaurant specializing in thick, creamy, homemade milkshakes — exactly what we were looking for! But to our surprise, they only served one size. And this ?one size fits all cravings? milkshake didn?t look that big. After reveling in the first few slurps of my cookies and cream deliciousness, I was positive I was going to get another one (after all ? I had planned to order something double this size). But then something happened. I finished my ?extremely small? milkshake and I didn?t want another one. I was perfectly content. And so was my boyfriend. It was a true example of how our eyes can be bigger than our stomachs. I?m sure if I had ordered a bigger size, I would have finished it. But since that wasn?t an option, I didn?t. And I was all the more happy.
While I still don?t like being told what I can (or can?t) do by the government, I have to remember I also didn?t like being told what I couldn?t do by my parents. But sometimes they know best.