Mayor Mike Bloomberg hoped to continue his legacy of promoting a healthy New York City with his proposed ban on selling large-sized sugary drinks. The ban was an attempt to address the growing problem of obesity not just in the City, but throughout the country. The plan, however, was simply a cosmetic solution that did not address the larger issues, including a lack of exercise and personal choices that each New Yorker must make.
The Mayor has stated his intention to appeal this week’s court ruling striking down the soda ban, but we believe that if he truly wants to address the issue of obesity, there are other avenues that would better serve his constituents.
Promote more outdoor activities, get children involved in physical education in schools and educate your constituents on the dangers of consuming too much sugar, instead of forcing a capricious and seemingly arbitrary ban that affects small businesses throughout the City.
While the ban on sugary drinks would have prevented restaurants from selling a product containing more than 16 ounces, it did little to educate on the dangers of these drinks, nor did it prevent a consumer from just getting a second drink to supplement.
Education is a key component to changing someone’s habits. Perhaps the Mayor needs an education on how to properly address this issue.