New York City’s Board of Health opened up a new, experimental front in the war on obesity Thursday, passing a rule banning sales of big sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries….
…. They say the proposal strikes at a leading cause of obesity simply by giving people a built-in reason to stop at 16 ounces: 200 calories, if it’s a regular Coke, compared to 240 in a 20-ounce size.
If this is war, and it’s going to be illegal for fast food joints in NYC to sell 20 oz sugary soda, then how can it be legal to sell (or even tempt) overweight or dieting people with more dangerous items like Bic Macs w/cheese 704; (No cheese 576); large fries (500) (small 250), or the same size vanilla milkshake for a whopping 680 calories!
But what I find irksome about the ban is not so much its adding to the oppressive reminders of privacy invasions and nanny-state laws (I only drink diet sodas myself). What I find irksome is the fact that the person sipping 4 ounces from each of four companions will now not only have to pay the price of a new 16 oz soda*, but will no longer be able to have those 16 oz come to only 160 calories (the lopped off 40 calories from each)!
*They say they will recommend charging more for the 16 oz; unclear if it will be as high as the current 20 oz price.