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Soda Ban

Behind Super-Sized Sodas, a Deeper Danger

Sam Pizzigati | Posted 08.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Sam Pizzigati

If we want to get serious about fighting obesity, public health researchers would like us to understand, we need to look at the social dynamics that drive our bad health behaviors. And the most powerful driver of that unhealthy behavior? That would be inequality.

Change My Mind: Would A Ban On Supersized Soda Help People Get Healthy?

Posted 06.04.2012 | Healthy Living

When New York City's Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced last week that he planned to propose a municipal ban on large sodas in restaurants, he trigg...

Why I'm Against the Bloomberg Ban

Jeff Halevy | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeff Halevy

I'd love to see the Big Gulp yanked -- not due to legislation, but due rather to poor sales from a healthy, educated consumer.

Soda: Size Does Matter

Larry Cohen | Posted 08.03.2012 | Home
Larry Cohen

This is a battle over who gets to shape our food environment and the health of our children. New York City's leadership will inspire hope -- and future action -- in places where the political will to make these sorts of common sense changes does not yet exist.

Do We Have the Right to Be Fat?

Megan Rosker | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Megan Rosker

This law is a gesture to give our children a chance at freedom, the freedom to move their bodies run, play and jump instead of being jailed in a body inhibited by obesity. It's our responsibility to protect our kids.

Has Mayor Bloomberg Outsmarted the Beverage Industry?

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 08.01.2012 | Home
Nancy Huehnergarth

Mayor Bloomberg has ensured that his sugary drink portion cap won't be so easy to kill. And it already has the country talking, initiating a national discussion about sugary drink portion sizes, obesity and how far government should go to protect the health of its citizens and the health of our fragile economy.

Why Bloomberg Is Right

Alec Baldwin | Posted 08.01.2012 | New York
Alec Baldwin

I think Mayor Michael Bloomberg is right. At least in spirit. Food is a drug. At least in the way it is marketed today, which is significantly different from when I grew up. As a child, sweets were referred to as "treats," and were dispensed far more judiciously than they are today. Now, Americans are obese, and in some areas of high concentration, morbidly obese, in numbers that are sapping the treasuries of the fifty states, undercutting U.S. competitiveness, and leaving this country vulnerable to a set of long-term health crises that we will struggle to overcome, if ever. All the while, millions will die unnecessarily simply because they fell victim to the marketing of unhealthy dietary choices. Whether you think an elitist, billionaire New Yorker has any business blocking your path to the soda fountain is one issue. His motives, however, are unquestionable.

Bloomberg vs. Big Soda: Portion Size, Paternalism and Politics

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 08.01.2012 | Home
Bettina Elias Siegel

Forbidding people outright to buy the size of soda they desire strikes me as paternalistic, intrusive and likely to fuel resentment. There may also be problems implementing the ban.

WATCH: Stewart Criticizes New York Soda Ban

The Huffington Post | Christine Friar | Posted 08.01.2012 | Comedy

Thursday, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced a proposition that would limit the size of sodas sold at movie theaters and delis to 16 oun...

LOOK: New Yorkers React To Bloomberg's Soda Ban Crusade

Posted 05.31.2012 | New York

The internet erupted in protest Wednesday over Mayor Bloomberg's plan to ban large sugary beverages in New York. Yes, a few Nanny State sympathizer...

School Soda Bans Don't Actually Keep Kids From Sugary Drinks

Posted 01.08.2012 | Education

Just banning soda from schools doesn't actually curb student consumption of sugary drinks, according to new research. Access to and student purchas...

Feds Oppose Ban On Food Stamps For Sodas In NYC

Posted 10.20.2011 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) — A plan by New York City to combat obesity by restricting the purchase of sugary drinks with foods stamps would be too large and comp...

Boston Bans Sodas On City Property

Slashfood | Clare Leschin | Posted 06.12.2011 | Home

Boston's long-time mayor, Thomas M. Menino just made quenching the thirst of city-workers that much harder. According to The Boston Globe, Menino issu...

Food Stamps Soda Ban: The Wrong Way to Fight Obesity

Joel Berg | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Berg

Well-heeled conservatives and progressives always seem to unite on one issue: dictating that poor people should behave more virtuously than they themselves do.