Mayor Bloomberg and His Fight to End Obesity

1 Jun

Recently N. Y. Mayor Bloomberg proposed a ban on large servings of sugary drinks in restaurants, delis, sports arenas and movie theaters.  Beverages would be limited to 16 ounces in hopes of attacking obesity.  This is the first time any city has chosen to limit soda portion sizes.  Many New Yorkers are revolting and he soft drink industry isn’t to happy either.  Last night, Comedian Jon Stewart argued that tons of disgusting foods are legal in N.Y. so why can’t people wash them down with a larger soda if they want to.

To satisfy my own curiosity, I decided to look up the nutritional content of a Big Gulp and here is what I found from

711’s  44 ounce Coca Cola Super Gulp is 512 calories with 128 grams of sugar.  If someone consumed one of these every day, they would have consumed 3584 calories in a week.  3500 calories equals a pound, so that person would gain 1 pound from JUST drinking the Big Gulp.  If that person did this for the entire year, they would gain 52 pounds from just drinking soda.  That’s just the effect of the calories, but think about all of that sugar, yuck!

No one wants to be told they can’t do something, but c’mon, it’s time for America to get a grip.  Why do we need to supersize everything and drink unnecessary calories?  Stop it already!  I’d rather savor the calories in real food then drink myself fat.  It is time to take personally accountability and make healthy selections.  Try drinking water with Crystal Lite.

Tell me what you think about Mayor Bloomberg’s recent decision and the war on obesity…..

In Health and Happiness,

Madeline Dolente

7 Responses to “Mayor Bloomberg and His Fight to End Obesity”

  1. toriteachesfitness June 1, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    I don’t know that this particular policy is the way to go here- because it isn’t really clear where the line should be drawn about how much is too much. Though a tax or education program might be a better way to go, I do think that attention needs to be directed towards these sorts of issues. Professionals and politicians always discuss the problems and never make moves to take an action. Restricting quantity may not be the best means, but it gets people talking and thinking about how to address the problem.

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  3. Anthony Young June 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    I don’t think the Gov’t should step in and tell us what not to put into our bodies as adults. I do however think it is their responsibility through the school system to educate children about nutrition, exercise, smoking, drinking, drugs, etc and if as an adult that person decides to put those things in their bodies then so be it. If they want to restrict us on bad habits (smoking, eating excessive drinking, gambling, etc) they should also reward us for good habits (not being on medicaid, not having to use your health insurance, tax deductible gym memberships (attendance required of course…


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