Editorial: Soda ban spotlights pop's health risk

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  • Updated: September 25, 2012 - 8:24 PM

New York move won't deter many, but begins the discussion.

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drmyeyesSep. 25, 12 8:26 PM

We should all be grateful to liberals for protecting us from ourselves.

RossbergSep. 25, 12 9:42 PM

I call this the "Bored Billionaire Syndrome". This is a great example of what happens when you have someone with too little incentive and too much free time and money on their hands. They always end up deciding that the world suffers from too much freedom to make choices and they believe that their great wealth is proof that all their ideas are superior to those held by common folk. Thus fat, sugar, tobacco, guns, bottle feeding of infants, and whatever else they dream up are items to be controlled or confiscated by them with the state acting as their agent of enforcement. What it actually spotlights is the need for confiscatory tax rates on billionaires in order to keep them focused on the areas in which they have some aptitude - creating products, services, and jobs - rather than the forced adjustment of the public to conform to their visions.

luzhishenSep. 25, 1210:29 PM

Compare the portions in Europe - and the relative size of the population - with the US. Our portion sizes are insane...marketing (and a lot of bad science from our friends at the Heartland Institute). Thanks, Mayor.

erikj3Sep. 26, 1212:07 AM

It's not pop so much, as it is portion sizes (on everything). 50 years ago, pop came in 7oz bottles. Now, it's 20oz bottles and Big Gulps and free refills. It's simply because we produce so much of what's in pop (sugar) that we have to find ways to use it. I'm not typically a government basher, but look at what crops are subsidized the most: corn and soybeans. The former is turned into high fructose corn syrup, and the latter is turned into soybean oil (an obesogen). These "foods" are in almost every processed food. Ending these subsidies, and encouraging exercise from a very early age, would go a long way to solving the obesity problem.

garagewineSep. 26, 1212:27 AM

@luzhishen Obesity is on the rise in nearly every European country.

drmyeyesSep. 26, 12 5:17 AM

luzhishen - Are you also in favor of the government telling you what size house to live in? What size car you can drive? The types of clothes you can wear? You may be living in the wrong country - this country was founded on individual freedom to make choices - for good or bad.

owatonnabillSep. 26, 12 5:27 AM

I'm surprised that Bloomberg & crew just didn't get a law passed that taxes the Big Gulps at about four times the rate of a....well, a Little Gulp. That would be the liberal way, after all.

luzhishenSep. 26, 12 6:21 AM

garagewine - correct - as their exposure to the US diet increases, along with other factors.

elind56Sep. 26, 12 7:38 AM

"Its value instead lies in its leading-edge spotlighting of the link between pop consumption and obesity. The scientific underpinning for this is maturing..."-------------------------------------The only thing maturing is the ability to cherry-pick data, input it into epidemiological studies designed to find a pre-determined outcome, and then greatly exaggerate the resulting RR (relative risk) to a public that is largely ignorant of the crude "science" of epidemiology and what actually constitutes a statistically significant RR.

doorstopSep. 26, 12 7:49 AM

Most of the comments so far in one way or another are saying this is a typical case of government protecting us from ourselves. If that were true, there would be very little support, and rightly so. But as the editorial pointed out, "The public, which pays private health insurance premiums and foots the bill for Medicare and other government-run health programs, has a huge stake in slowing obesity's shared and substantial health costs." So yes, we currently have the right to consume great quantities of sugar and fat, and we have the right to smoke. Yet there's no denying that others pay the price for the long-term consequences of those short-term pleasures. How is that OK? Your right to swing your fist ends at my nose.


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