Mayor Bloomberg is attempting to limit the size of soda pops that are served in places like movie theaters and restaurants in order to help curb obesity. I think that this is a long overdue initiative that should be used as a stepping stone towards more limitations on fast foods and sodas that people are depending on more and more. As some hospitals are finally taking a good look at fast food chains located in their own buildings (see WBFO
), we need to continue to take actions that will reverse the super-sizing of our nation's school children as well.
While we will never see in our lifetime the demise of McDonald's and Burger King, we can
begin to limit what is being served. Who really needs a 64-ounce soda? Or a single serving of 24 chicken McNuggets (have you ever seen what those things are made of
?) At this point there are hardly any regulations on what chain restaurants are serving up and marketing? The temptation is part ultra convenience, part sugary and fatty taste and part cheap price. Dirt cheap prices, fried foods and ever-present locations make it way too tempting to rely on self-control. I congratulate Mayor Bloomberg in telling the New York Board of Health
to crack down on super-sizes. Hopefully this is just the beginning and Buffalo can jump on-board with similar initiatives.
According to PreventObesity.net
, "Right now, about one-third of children and two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. Obesity is an epidemic, and it contributes to growing rates of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and even some cancers. If we do not reverse childhood obesity in particular, this generation of kids could be the first in America's history to live sicker and die younger than their parents' generation."
Bloomberg has been an advocate in changing the way we look at our diet. He has fought for taxing sodas and restricting the purchasing of sodas with food stamps. There should be no reason not to regulate what can and can not be purchased with food stamps. The other day I was in line at a corner store and I witnessed woman who purchased a bunch of junk food with food stamps and then proceeded to pull out cash from her purse to purchase lottery tickets! There comes a time when we need to step back and ask ourselves what we are doing, regardless of those who feel that as Americans we deserve to have anything and everything, regardless whether we pay for it ourselves or not.
It is said
that obesity-related illnesses in New York City cost $4 billion a year. Who's paying for that? Am I against soda, burgers or sugary sweets? Of course not
. Am I worried that I'm seeing more and more obese children and adults? Yes. Does everyone agree with my stance? No. We live in a free nation where people can do as they please. But when it comes to what is being marketed to us, it seems as if poor food choices are being forced down out throats. It's time to rethink how we are treating our bodies. If food is indeed a drug, then we Americans are rapidly on a course of OD'ing.