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Stratford Reacts to NYC Ban on Big Soft Drinks

What do you think of the ban? Share your thoughts in the comments below the article.

News this week of New York City's passing of a law banning the sale of 16-ounce-plus sodas and other calorie-packed drinks was viewed as government overreach by many Stratford Patch readers.

"America is free," Cheryl Lemos wrote on the Stratford Patch Facebook page. "Who is government to tell us what we can and cannot eat and what is or is not healthy for US?? I don't need, want or expect government to take care of me or my family."

On the same platform, Rob Gilmore opined, "It's government going too far. Yes movie sodas are too large but it doesn't mean you have to drink the whole thing but you should have the freedom to do so."

"Disgusting overreach of the Nanny state," wrote Matt DeBernardo.

The ban, passed by the city’s board of health, puts the 16-ounce size limit on non-diet soda, sweetened teas, and similar drinks chock-full of calories, The Associated Press reports.

The pop prohibition will apply in fast-food eateries, movie theatres, workplace cafeterias and most other places selling prepared food, according to The AP, but not in supermarkets or most convenient stores (so the Big Gulp remains).

Stratford Director of Health Andrea Boissevain said while she would probably not support a town-wide ban on sugary drinks, it's important to know the stats behind your beverage.

"It's a matter of choice [but] some of those drinks have 30-40 grams of sugar in a single drink," she said. "If you drink three sodas, [that's] 105 grams of sugar."

The problem with large, sugar-stacked drinks, Boissevain said, is that the calories are empty so the appetite is rarely satisfied, which "messes up calorie balance."

"It contributes highly to excess calories [and] if you eat [or drink] more calories than you expend, it creeps up on you," she said.

Boissevain said it shouldn't be about forcing regulations on people for what they can or cannot eat or drink but rather trying to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle.

Dale September 15, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Not going to do any good. What's to say you can't buy 3 or 4 smaller ones???
Anne K. Mulligan September 16, 2012 at 01:58 PM
From the AP article: "The rule wouldn't apply to lower-calorie drinks, such as water or diet soda, or to alcoholic beverages..." So, it's OK to drink a big sugary drink as long as there's booze in it. That is one weird loophole.
Hal Baird September 16, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I agree with Cheryl Lemos that government shouldn't dictate such things in my life. If I want to ruin my health, that's entirely up to me to decide. And how ludicrous is this anyway? Who's to say I can't buy 2, 16 ounce drinks if I wanted a large drink, which defeats the whole purpose of the law?
Jennifer September 17, 2012 at 12:32 AM
It's bad for my health thinking about people legistating away our rights, invading our privacy.
Shirley B. Backus September 17, 2012 at 03:19 AM
To treat everybody as if they have a weight problem is nothing short of discrimination! Everyone has a different body type. Some people NEED more calories than others. Some people can eat two pounds of cookies in one sitting and not gain an ounce, while others gain a pound or two on a diet of mostly dry salads. The government should leave our dietary needs up to us and our doctors.

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