The only reason people have their knickers in a knot over New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s idea to limit sugary soft drinks to 16 ounces is that more than two-thirds of them are overweight or obese, and gallons of soda may have helped some of them get that way.
To keep from acknowledging the 800-lb. gorilla in the room (holding a Big Gulp), people are screaming that limiting drink size is a slippery slope. First, they segregated smokers into limited areas to pollute, then deadly trans fat got banned, and now sweet little sugar’s on the hit list. Where will it end?
Well, there’s nothing slippery about this. The 3 things I just mentioned can either kill you or make you so sick you wish you were dead. Since most people seek medical treatment rather than quietly curl up and die, self-inflicted ailments become another drag on the healthcare system.
If you’re too weak or stupid to realize a beverage loaded with sugar and served in a vat is too much for you, you need an intervention.
There’s absolutely no reason anybody needs to consume more than a pound of sugar-laced fluid in one sitting. Period. Show me somebody who does, and I’ll bet Richard Simmons would like to give them a body makeover.
I’m taking a stand on this because I know I represent all cats — and dogs — who want our owners to live long lives (so we don’t end up in shelters because you croaked).
You go, Bloomberg! Down with super-sizing!