Michael Bloomberg Cares About People, Businesses Care About Profits

Judge halted the ban on supersized drinks

Michael Bloomberg Cares About People, Businesses Care About Profits

Tomorrow a proposal by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to limit sales of bottled and fountain drinks to containers with no more than 16 ounces was to take effect.  A New York state judge halted the ban on supersized drinks.

The suit against the city health board and health department was brought by the New York Statewide Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, the New York Korean-American Grocers Association, the Soft Drink and Brewery Workers Union Local 812, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the National Restaurant Association, the National Association of Theatre Owners of New York State and the American Beverage Association.

The size limit applies to beverages that have more than 25 calories per 8 ounces. It doesn’t include 100% juice drinks or beverages with more than 50% milk.  On Sunday, Bloomberg defended the regulation. “We’re not banning anything,” he said on CBS’ Face the Nation. “It’s called portion control.”

“All we’re doing in New York is reminding you that it’s not in your interest to have too many empty calories,” he said. “You can have some. If you want to have 32 ounces, just buy two 16-ounce cups. Take them back to your seat. If you want 64 ounces, take four cups back.”  The mayor has previously released statistics confirming the relationship between the sugary drinks and obesity.

Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling wrote that loopholes “effectively defeat the stated purpose.”

Bloomberg’s office took to Twitter to express its disappointment in the decision.

“We plan to appeal the sugary drinks decision as soon as possible, and we are confident the measure will ultimately be upheld,” it tweeted soon after the announcement.

Businessmen all over the city expressed relief by the court’s decision.  They claimed because it didn’t affect grocery and convenience stores, the law unfairly singled out specific targets.

Last year the United States became officially the world’s most obese nation.  Causes were diet and lack of exercise.  Dietary problems consisted of bad habits, and bad choices.  Soda and chips were the biggest problems, followed by fast food, take-out food, and food that was pre-prepared. They all contained unhealthy amounts of fats and cholesterol.  A diet consisting of less fats and sugars, replacing them with more fruits and vegetables was recommended.  A better diet combined with at least one hour of exercise a day would solve the majority of the nation’s overweight problems, according to nutritionists.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express


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