New York City recently became the first city in the nation to limit the size of soda. The largest soda you can buy from Seven 11, six months from now will be 16 ounces. Restaurants will not be allowed to stock cups larger than 16 ounces. The soda giants may challenge the new law in court.
As an obese man, there is a problem. Soda was my primary sugar source. at the height of my soda addiction I drank three 2 liter bottles of soda a day. (every day) On long road trips, I ‘d consider water, but bottled water is more expensive than the sugary sodas. What a country, high fructose corn syrup, various artificial ingredients and colors is less expensive than plain water.
A baby boomer, I remember when the whole family shared less than 32 ounces of Pepsi.
Today, it isn’t unusual to see a children drinking out of their own 52 ounce jugs from a 7/11 or an am-pm market. It’s not uncommon to see mothers pour sodas poured into infant bottles. There is a problem.
Many believe policing purchases is not the direction. Under the law, you can still by your two-three liter bottles. In restaurants, you can order a supersized milk shake
When I reduced my intake of sodas, I started watching the people who were buying them. The majority of them are obese, husband, wife and their children.
I am an addict, sodas are my drug of choice. When I stopped drinking them altougher I lost 50 pounds in 9 weeks. Today, I don’t order sodas in restaurants with water being my drink of choice.
Limiting the sizes of the drinks may not curb the addition of millions of americans. With obesity on the rise this might slow the tide at least its a beginning. Hats off to Mayor Bloomburg.