Diabetes doctors: NYC big-soda ban is just a start
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Doctors treating the casualties of the global obesity epidemic say an unpopular proposal to limit soda portions in New York City should be just the beginning of stricter regulation of unhealthy foods.
Public opinion polls show a majority of Americans oppose New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to limit single servings of sugary drinks to 16 ounces (0.45 kilograms) at restaurants and other public venues.Okay, this part isn't particularly bad. Doctors have been against anything that tastes good since pretty much the beginning of time. I'd wager that the first caveman to try a piece of animal flesh cooked over a fire was warned by a caveman in ill-fitting scrubs about "OOG GET CANCER FROM DAT".
This part, though, sent the blood pressure spiking:
But exasperated diabetes specialists say people need even greater protections from a food industry that keeps enticing them with ever-bigger portions, as more than two-thirds of the country's adults are now overweight or obese.HATE RAGE.
Are you kidding me? It's the fault of ZOMG BIG FOOD that Americans can't stop stuffing bad food into their collective pieholes? This makes me so angry that I can't even form coherent thoughts. Look, you addlepated mushheads, no one puts a gun to fattie's head and forces them to Supersize their meal at McDonalds. Come to think of it, no one's forcing Fatty McButterpants to waddle into a McD's in the first place.
If the food's bad for you, don't eat it. It's really that simple. You can't legislate your way out of this - we eat the foods that make us fat because they taste good and we like them. Banning 16.1 ounce sodas means that we'll drink two 16 ounce drinks instead of a 32 ounce drink. Or, maybe, we'll drink 2X16 instead of 1X24, actually *increasing* our intake.
I know it's all the rage these days, but you can't legislate common sense. You can't litigate someone into self-control. You can't force people to do something they don't want to do - hell, we can't stop people from using drugs that are not only illegal to use, they're illegal to posses and illegal to bring into the country. And you're going to stop them from drinking Coke?
Good luck to you and the Red Sox, pal; you're both gonna need it...
That is all.