Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Tuesday that he’s still going to fight for his soda ban that was struck down, a measure he thinks will greatly benefit poor people.
A judge on Monday blocked Bloomberg’s proposed soda ban, which would have prohibited eateries from selling non-diet soda and other sugary drinks in quantities greater than 16 ounces. But New York’s determined mayor said he plans to appeal the decision. He sees the measure as an effective tool in curbing obesity, primarily among poor people who “don’t have the ability to take care of themselves,” as well as wealthy people do, he said, according to the New York Post.
The health-conscious mayor made the comment just hours before the judge ruled against the controversial ban and also discussed the prevalence of obesity among low-income families.
“With so many poor neighborhoods suffering the worst of this epidemic…It would be irresponsible not to try to do everything we can to save lives,” Bloomberg said.
Research supports Bloomberg’s claim that there’s been a rise in obesity among disadvantaged people.
According to the Food Research and Action Center, obesity rates rose by 10 percent for all U.S. children ages 10 to 17 between 2003 and 2007. But the rates increased by 23 percent during the same time period for low-income children.
While many supported Bloomberg’s efforts to try and encourage healthier eating habits, his critics were quick to show how one simple ban might not make that significant of a dent in the waistlines of the seriously overweight.
“Why not insist on maximum calorie limits on everything else restaurants serve, like cheese and steak and dessert?” Trevor Butterworth wrote in an op-ed piece for the Daily Beast in May. “When you single out one product but exempt others of a similar kind, you send the message that those who legislate do so unfairly.”
But Bloomberg said he sees the ban as a critical move to start tackling the epidemic that will claim the lives of 70,000 Americans this year, 5,000 of whom live in New York City.
“We have a responsibility as human beings to do something,” Bloomberg said at a press conference on Monday, “to save each other, to save the lives of ourselves, our families, our friends.”
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Wendy's Baconator Double
We're sorry to tell you this, Mr. Mayor, but the cheeseburger called <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2010/03/24/the-40-deadliest-fast-food-meals.html" target="_hplink">"Deadliest Fast Food Meal"</a> by the Daily Beast, the Baconator Double, packs 1,330 calories in one serving.
IHOP's Chicken And Spinach Salad
Mr. Bloomberg, we apologize for the shock that burger must have caused you. Allow us to soften the blow with a salad. <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2111042/Not-healthy-option--The-IHOP-chicken-spinach-salad-calorie-equivalent-THREE-Big-Macs.html" target="_hplink">IHOP's 1600 calorie Chicken and Spinach Salad</a>. For the record, that calorie count is higher than a burger on their menu with an added <strong>bacon patty</strong>.
T.G.I.Friday's Loaded Potato Skins
We know how you feel, sir. Up is down, down is up, salad is terrible for you... perhaps potato skins have become good for you? Maybe not. <a href="http://www.tgifridays.com/greatfood#appetizers" target="_hplink">T.G.I.Friday's Loaded Potato Skins</a> have 2030 calories and 131g of fat, which, it should be noted, is significantly more than the Jack Daniel's Sampler Platter -- which is a plate of meat, basted with Jack Daniel's and sugar.
KFC Double Down
In case you somehow missed it, Mr. Bloomberg, we'd like to turn your attention to the KFC Double Down. They use fried chicken instead of buns for this sandwich, sir.
World's Meatiest Sandwich
<a href="http://www.geekologie.com/2012/05/28-lb-sandwich-is-worlds-meatiest-most-k.php" target="_hplink">This monstrosity was created</a> to commorate the UK launch of <em>Man vs. Food</em>. Sir, you're probably thinking to yourself, "Who wants to eat a 28 pound sandwich, anyway?" We're not sure, Bloomie, but you'll probably want to ban it.
Burger King Triple Whopper With Cheese
Mr. Mayor, we see your gears turning: just like the proposed ban on large sodas, you're envisioning limiting Burger King customers to only two patties per burger. This<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5vjQQXauD0" target="_hplink"> Japanese commercial for the product</a> may have swayed us your way: you probably shouldn't order anything you have to un-hinge your jaw to eat.
Where will the line be drawn, Mr. Mayor? Will you follow your nose to the doors of those citizens who make themselves a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/dining/28bacon.html" target="_hplink">Bacon Explosion</a> and confiscate the contraband? <em>Bacon explosion picture by Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/beckmann/3362040723/sizes/z/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Elin B.</a></em>
Chili's Shiner Bock Baby Back Ribs
Michael (can we call you Michael?), by now, we all know <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/23/dining/23bloom.html?pagewanted=all" target="_hplink">how much you like salt</a>. But <a href="http://www.chilis.com/" target="_hplink">Chili's Shiner Bock Ribs</a> may be too much even for you: they're packing a whopping 2310 calories, 124g of fat and <strong>6340mg of sodium</strong> in one portion. Please put down the salt-shaker, sir.
Denny's Grand Slamwich
Because we know how focused on health you are, Mr. Mayor, you are likely very focused on starting your day off with a substantial breakfast. Please hang onto your Mayoral hat, because <a href="http://dennys.com/" target="_hplink">Denny's Grand Slamwich</a> is packing 1520 calories and 101 grams of fat. Although there are currently no Denny's locations in New York City, we thought you might want to disapprove anyway. Today NYC, tomorrow the world, am I right? (You remember their <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/01/dennys-mac-n-cheese-patty-melt_n_945390.html" target="_hplink">Mac N' Cheese Big Daddy Patty Melt</a>, don't you?)
Burger King Bacon Sundae
Still hungry for dessert? Well sir, Burger King <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/12/burger-king-bacon-sundae_n_1590522.html?utm_hp_ref=food" target="_hplink">will be giving their Bacon Sundae a wider release this summer</a>, which means more soft-serve, fudge, caramel and bacon will be available to the public.
Cold Stone Creamery's Chocolate Malt
Here's one you might want to pick up your ban-writing pen for, Mr. Mayor: just one of <a href="http://www.coldstonecreamery.com/" target="_hplink">Cold Stone Creamery's</a> "Gotta Have It"-sized Chocolate Malts contains 1520 calories and 85g of fat. A healthier option might be to just eat a <a href="http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/usda/butter?portionid=29481&portionamount=1.000" target="_hplink">stick of butter</a> on its own.