September 25, 2012
New York Soda Ban
It is no secret that portion sizes and waistlines in America have increased over time. The author of “Prevalence of obesity and trends in body mass index among US children and adolescents” informs that “two out of three adults and one out of three children in the United States are overweight or obese, and the nation spends and estimated $190 billion a year treating obesity-related health conditions. These statistics are alarming. It is about time someone initiates a change and sets forth an example to all other states. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent proposal to ban 32 ounce drinks from food chains can help set a new default serving on soft drinks. In return it may also help the general public with their health problems and health care costs.
This ban would be an excellent incentive to start promoting better health. Tara Parker-Pope, the author of “How Can a Big Gulp Look So Small?” states that “…we tend to consume what’s put in front of us” and “when we eat out, everything from a restaurant’s lighting to the menu design to the size of the plate or cup influences how much we eat and drink”. For instance, indulging in a sugary drink will briefly make someone feel energized and even happy but once that sugar spike goes down, people tend to feel lethargic and without motivation to do much physical activity. Lack of physical activity is a side effect caused by drinking too much soda, which then contributes to one of the factors that cause weight gain and obesity. Banning large soft drinks would help people take better control of their health by offering them a healthy sized beverage as their only choice and to also avoid over indulgence. Studies have shown that it is difficult for the human brain to perceive serving sizes accurately (Pope-Parker). Without limitations on a serving size, people can easily go overboard on their food and beverage consumption. The idea...