A couple of months ago, the Mental Recession reported on a ban on large sodas being enacted in New York City. The plan was the first of its kind anywhere in the nation – perhaps because others couldn’t concoct a more inane way to fight obesity. Bloomberg however, has an extraordinary knack for finding the most absurd ways to monitor your health, and by extension – take away your freedoms.
It is the nanny state at it’s finest, and perhaps another reason why New York’s residents are fleeing the state in record numbers.
The concept really took a turn for the worse when Bloomberg actually said that the city had to “forc(e) you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup.”
We reached out to the Mayor’s Office for comment on the soda ban, and the following is a response from Mr. Bloomberg himself:
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns about our plan to limit the size of sugary drinks at some food establishments.
Like the rest of America, our City is facing an obesity epidemic. Nearly 60% of adult New Yorkers and close to 40% of public school students are overweight or obese, putting them at greater risk of developing a host of diseases and conditions, including Type 2 Diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Obesity is now the second-leading cause, just after smoking, of preventable death in New York City.
Our success in cutting smoking deaths to record lows shows that we can tackle the toughest public health problems head-on—and make a huge difference—but only if we are willing to act boldly, and target the problem comprehensively. We are confronting the obesity epidemic on several fronts, including our most recent proposal to curb consumption of sugary beverages. We are also offering healthier options through programs that allow more New Yorkers to buy fresh and affordable produce. In addition, an expanded public education campaign will build on the work we have already done to give New Yorkers more information—just as calorie counts in restaurants do—so they can make better choices about the food and drinks they and their families consume.
Although we may disagree on this issue, I appreciate your input as we work to reduce the number of preventable, obesity-related deaths throughout New York City. Thank you again for writing.
Michael R. Bloomberg
This answer is the very definition of what makes a nanny politician. Bloomberg believes that government knows what is best for the people to eat and drink, and he’d like to find government answers in forcing them to consume products he deems healthy.
That, in a word, is frightening.
The question is – where does it stop? Doughnuts contain hydrogenated oils, and are essentially one of the worst cancer foods you can possibly eat. Yet there the Mayor stood a day after the soda ban was announced, proudly celebrating the virtues of National Donut Day.
This is the height of hypocrisy.
Why is Mayor Bloomberg not actively working to mandate a one-donut policy at all bakeries in the city? He could just as effectively site the obesity statistics used in his previous response on sugary drinks.
Furthermore, the link between sugary drinks and obesity has been debated, with a recent Canadian study suggesting there is little evidence that sodas cause childhood obesity.
Bottom line, the government is well within their rights to educate people on the dangers of certain foods and drinks, but they’ve crossed a boundary when they enforce bans on those same items.
It is an affront to personal choice and liberty. As is the mayor himself.