New York City recently approved a ban on sugary drinks over 16 ounces in all restaurants, movie theaters and stadiums to combat obesity. Read the details in the following article. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/14/nyregion/health-board-approves-bloombergs-soda-ban.html

Do you think the government should limit the size of sugary drinks to curb obesity or is that an infrigement on your rights as a consumer?

Tyler Davis
10/8/2012 12:04:27 pm

I think that buying the size of the sugary drink should be up to the person. All that the restriction is doing is restricting not only the obese people, but also the non-obese people. It is just basically punishing the people who are not obese for the choices obese people made.

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Megan Kidder
10/8/2012 12:10:19 pm

I personally think that the government should not limit the size of surgery drinks. The reason why I believe this is because people have the right to drink what they want when they want. It is a part of our constitutional right. If people want to drink soda or other surgery drinks and they get bigger because of it that’s their fault.

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Nick Gaiski
10/8/2012 12:14:36 pm

SUGARY* not surgery. :P

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Veronica Klein
10/8/2012 12:10:31 pm

I think passing a law that says establishments cannot sell soft drinks larger than 16 oz. is a marvelous step in the plan to stop obesity. I think pop is a big part of the problem. It's good that someone is trying to do something about our growing obesity as a nation. It could be seen as an infringement on your rights as a customer, but overall it helps people with their lack of self-control.

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Nick Gaiski
10/8/2012 12:12:39 pm

Why control more people, when they can easily just buy two 16 oz soft drinks to make 1, 32 oz. That logic has a flaw, loop holes are everywhere. And besides all the simple ways around it, people should be educated, not controlled. People will make their own choices either way about it, you cannot stop the inevitable. But you can influence it, by educating people. Im sure people would stop if they saw what cola does to the shell of an egg over time.

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bill glossop
10/8/2012 12:14:48 pm

i dont think limiting the size of drinks is going to do much help, after all people can still get refills for free at most places, and i dont think its right that the government can tell me i cant have a drink over a certain size. What are they gunna try to not let me do next? i just think its a personal descision.

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Dillon Anderson
10/8/2012 12:19:21 pm

Drinks shouldn't be banned from the public. If people want to lower the obesity rate, teach the children what to eat and help the future learn what is good for your body and what is bad. Making things illegal won't make people thinner. If the government is going to waste our money on stupid stuff like this, they should at least do it the right way. Changing what food is available wont help, but educating and offering oher things to do (besides eating) will lower obesity. People often eat out of boredom and places to eat are everywhere. If we as a community get rid of some resturaunts and replace them with with entertainment (like an arcade) people will spend less money on food, and more time doing something with their lives. Therefore, lowering obesity without going thirsty.

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Addison Millard P.H.D.
10/8/2012 12:20:16 pm

It is not the government's job to tell us what we can and cannot consume. If a man, woman or child wants to drink a bunch of high calorie, high sugar drinks and risk obesity, diabities and heart problems, that is their choice to make. And that is what makes America great (or at least that is what should be).

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Nate Pewoski
10/8/2012 12:23:31 pm

I think that it is probably a good idea to ban big drinks, because the big soft drinks are quite possibly one of the leading causes in obesity today. So I think Mayor Bloomberg was right to oppose this ban on overly sized drinks. If I were living in the city of New York I would like this act.

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Tyler Falls
10/9/2012 11:35:49 am

I do not believe the gov’t should be able to limit the size of sugary drinks. If people want to drink a big pop they should be able to. It’s our decision not the gov’t and they should not do this act. I think it will result in a riot or uproar where ever they put this law. If they want to limit the obesity rate they should teach more about this in our generation in school. Not try to put laws out there to discourage us from becoming fatter. Either way were going to drink as much as we want. For example there are things called refills and what’s to say we won’t just get many refills. What else are they going to ban us from?

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Grace Meade
10/10/2012 12:16:32 pm

I believe that reducing the size of the soda drinks is unfair to the people. It isn't allowing them to think for themselves. This would give the government too much control over what we do. If someone wants to get large soda drinks that can lead to obesity, then they should be the ones held accountable for their actions. They need to learn how to take responsibility on their own rather than the government telling them.

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Alexis Morgan
10/10/2012 12:16:51 pm

I believe that sugary drinks can be a part of people’s obesity, but also there is much more than can be a conflict of someone’s obesity. Just because sugary drinks are the main cause people are going to look at now, doesn’t mean they will continue with trying to help our nations obesity. Not all people exercise either, are they going to do something about that also? I think that stopping people from purchasing larger than 16oz drinks will just make them rebel and buy the same size ones just multiple times.

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Corey Robins
10/10/2012 12:25:42 pm

I disagree with the government imposing on the way people drink non-alcoholic drinks. Telling us that we can’t drink over a certain size of a sugary drink isn’t going to stop people that want them people are just going to find different ways to get the drinks. I also think it imposes on our freedom. I think that if someone that wants to eat and drink unhealthy the government shouldn’t be wasting money on trying to stop them and should be spending it on something that will help the whole country.

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Leah Czinder
10/10/2012 12:26:43 pm

I think that a ban on large sized sugary drinks will not make a difference in the obesity epidemic. I believe that people will just buy more of the smaller sized sugary drinks. This is America and people have a right to spend their money on what they want, even if it is harmful to them. Their obesity doesn’t affect anybody but their selves.

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Steven Wolfe
10/11/2012 12:13:29 pm

I don't think the government should be involved on how some people live their life. Those people who are over weight made that choice and with the govenment getting involved is a violation of our freedom of rights. This ban on 16 ounce drinks will probably backfire on the government.

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Jon Wilcox
10/12/2012 12:06:25 pm

I think that the people should decide what they can and cannot do! If they want to drink sugary drinks and get fat, then let them! This ban is affecting more than just fat people. There are some people that could be going through sugar withdrawal, which could put them in bad moods! This ban is no good and should be lifted. 

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Katy Wallace
10/12/2012 12:09:54 pm

I don’t believe the ban on sugary drinks is going to work. People will just buy a smaller drink and get it refilled more often. If parents don’t want their children to be obese, they should teach them to eat better and exercise. It’s not right for everyone to have to be limited on their wants because other people gain weight from it. Plus, if a person want’s to be that unhealthy, and is okay with how they look, I don’t see why the government should interfere with it. It’s the people’s lives, not theirs.

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Amber Snore
10/12/2012 12:14:18 pm

Honestly, I believe whether the person can or cannot drink soda is fully up to the individual. It's your job as a person to determine what you want going into your body. I don't think they realize how hard this is going to be enforce, considering how easily it is to sneak your own beverages and snacks into the theaters already ;3 Besides, if someone wants a soda, then let them, if they get obese well then that's their fault, there's other ways to prevent obesity, I just don't feel like this idea will do much.

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Kayla Kalmink
10/12/2012 12:14:57 pm

I think that people should be able to do what they want to do. So if that means going out and buying a large soda they can go right ahead. If they are worried about obesity they should limit the amount they can get. They could get one soda and then they could get water or have bottles of water in there cars.

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Jillian Bailey
10/12/2012 12:17:06 pm

I think the ban of large sized sugary drinks is not really going to do anything, because of how many stores are open during the day anyone can buy there meal and then go pick up a pop any size they want at the store. And Americans are free to spend their money on what they want even if it is not very good for them.

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Bo Morgan
10/12/2012 12:17:43 pm

I think the government should not ban the drinks because it is ultimately the people’s choice and right to decide what size of drink to get. If a person is obese, they don’t have to order the largest drink just because they are big. They can order a smaller size if they really want to change and not be obese. But if they want to remain obese then they should have the right to.

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Todd Fox
10/12/2012 12:37:49 pm

I don't think that the government should be able to limit the size of sugary beverages being sold. The reason for the ban is understandable, but still it should be up to the consumer. Even if there is a ban on the drink being sold at a restaurant or equivalent, people can go to the grocery store and buy a 2 liter to drink. If they really want to be bold, they would bring it to the restaurant with them.

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