“16 Fluid Ounces as Limit”

11 Jun
Dear Readers,
Here I go again…all up in arms about something that I really don’t care about but yet it just seems like a perfect example of stupidity of our times and of our society that we live in! Far too delicious of a topic not to jump in and give my two cents worth.
As I was sitting in my lawyer’s office this article caught my eye in The New York Times, Thursday, May 31, 2012 “New York plans a ban on big sizes of sugary drinks.”  The ban would outlaw sugary soda drinks any larger then 16 oz. Now trust me on this one I couldn’t care less if the city banned the 12 oz. size as well.  It doesn’t effect me, I don’t drink sugary drinks, I did not give them to my children when they were growing up, but come on now banning a beverage size isn’t that like empty a swimming pool with a spoon?
Mayor Michael Bloomberg the backer of the ban said on the Today Show, Friday June 1, “New York City has brought down the Childhood obesity rate for three years in a row” (they should be applauded) and believes (as I do) everything in moderation is a good thing. But somehow this just seems as if there is something else going on. I believe what we are hearing and seeing is not the whole story (hmmm polities, funny how that happens!)…Maybe Mayor Bloomberg should take a jog through Times Square today and look up, it seems New York is sending conflicting messages! 
The article says, “The measure would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; it would not extend to beverages sold in grocery stores or convenience stores.” “Restaurants, delis, Movie Theater and ballpark concessions would be affected…”
If New York really wanted to tackle the “oversizing of America” why stop with over sized soda drinks, why not regulate oversize candy bars that are two and half size larger then they use to be, oversized desserts (Cheesecake Factory), oversized meals, and what about the oversize buckets of popcorn in Movie Theaters that is popped in the worse oil you can possible use regarding calories and heart clogging material. Personally, I do not understand why anyone would want to eat that much corn in one sitting unless of course you were a farm animal. 
When my children were younger I did not allow concession stand food purchases at movie theaters. I felt it was a bad and expensive habit to get in to; they wouldn’t be able to sit down, watch a movie, without having to eat. 
Personally I think if you are going to ban drink sizes lets not stop with soda.  I would think a 24 oz. alcoholic beverage or a 24 oz. milk shake is more of a health issue then a 24 oz. coke.  If Dr. Oz had his way he would ban diet drinks. He thinks diet drinks increase the obesity rate, increases your desire for sweets and causes pancreatic diseases. Furthermore, fruit juice is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  24 oz. of some fruit juices can be just as high in sugar as soda and people think it is a healthy choice just because it says “fruit” (wrong!)
I was hiking with friends last week and of course needed their two cents worth. It started off in one direction and then circled back in the opposite direction. The whole group decided, “This is ridiculous.” We came up with our own solutions in trying to downsize Americans…
…Start requiring schools to have gym classes everyday with kids running (activate play), require schools to provide healthy and calorie friendly lunches, take out all soda vending machines in schools (captive audience) teach nutrition/ healthy eating classes in schools as part of the required curriculum.  Have businesses require obese employees to lose weight or they personally will be required to pay more for their health insurance. In addition cities should provide tax benefits for memberships to health & fitness centers or at least some financial benefit to encourage memberships. After work socializing should involve an activity not just drinking with co-workers. Last but certainly not inconsequential include the calorie count for beverages  (24 oz. sugar beverage) on restaurant menus and at movie theaters. 
AND for me, the most absurd part of the oversize sugar drink ban… as Americans we will not ban handguns or cigarettes/cigars/chewing tobacco but yet soda size? When we know there are a lot more health and cost issues associated with handguns and tobacco use in our country…. So friends I say in a perfect world go ahead ban beverage sizes but then again in a perfect world, there would not be a need for any banning!
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today by going to Godiva picking out several pieces of chocolate before a ban is enforced on purchasing more then one!
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
Kindest regards,
President and CEO

2 Responses to ““16 Fluid Ounces as Limit””

  1. t June 12, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    Applause – *clap*clap*clap – bravo!

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