Kol (abomvubuso) wrote in talk_politics,

Thought for food

Forgive me folks if this isn't quite the news, but I really don't get the whole idea of banning big cups of soda in NYC. I'd especially appreciate the Newyorkers' take on the matter. Is this measure meant to send a symbolic message, or maybe work at a subconscious level on people who'd suddenly poise and say to themselves, "Oh wait, I have to buy TWO cups now? That's too much!"?

And why is all that fast food still not on the ban list, if we're to start banning things that make people obese? After all, soda is supposed to wash it down the throat, isn't it? I haven't heard of anyone feeding themselves with soda...

Here's a wacky theory. What if Bloomberg is stockpiling middle- to small-sized soda cups somewhere in a secret location, and is biding his time to unleash them on the market, and when the demand for those inevitably skyrockets, make more of his millions by dominating the market? ;)

But srsly. Although I'm sure the NYC administration would claim all of this is well-intentioned, it still looks like a half-assed, saving-face type of effort on their part. Or maybe an idea they hadn't thought through very well. If they were to address the core of the issue in some more profound way, perhaps they'd have thought about trying to ban soda entirely? Or would that be throwing the burger out with the Coke baby out with the bath water?

To be frank, it kind of smells like a marketing trick to me. It's a fact that smaller-sized sodas (or smaller-sized anything) cost more per unit than the big ones. I wonder if anyone has researched about Bloomberg's business relations and saw if he's in bed with some of the companies in the field.

Or it's just that when they sell more of the costlier-per-unit stuff, they'd then pay more taxes into the city treasury? Hmmm, that would make sense too :)

I'm aware of the "This is yet another [local] government infringement upon our rights to choose" sort of argument, but emotional Constitution-thumping aside, I say let's rather try to look at the practical side of the issue. Apparently the premise of this proposition is that it'd somehow help potential diabetics, and at least partially mitigate the rampant obesity problem. We could start from there, and try to come up with guesses/conclusions/serious researches demonstrating (or disproving) that this actually would work. And at least suggesting that it's economically and socially more expedient than actually investing in improving the local health-care system and raising more awareness throughout the populace on the effects of overfeeding with fats and overdrinking with sugars. Something that movies like Supersize Me, no matter how sensationalist they may or may not be, have at least attempted doing.

And lastly, I've tried to find traces of similar legislation in other big cities around the industrialised world, and for some reason I've failed to come up with anything. Maybe I'm missing something fundamental here? Or just hitting the wrong Google search?
Tags: food, health, legislation
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