Bloomberg wants to ban the sale of “large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts” to combat rising obesity, according to the New York Times.
The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.
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 or convenience stores.
Jesus, I know obesity is bad, but this is taking the nanny state to a ridiculous extreme. At what point are people held accountable for consuming these harmful products? If a person wants to drink soda, eat McDonald’s, smoke cigarettes, bang prostitutes, or gamble their paycheck, what responsibility is it of the state to tell them they can’t?