FOX NY - ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York City officials urged the state's top court on Wednesday to reinstate the city's ban on big sodas, arguing that the local Board of Health has authority to restrict products that make people obese and contribute to disease.
The 2012 ban against peddling sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, delis, movie theaters, stadiums and street carts was overturned by the lower courts the same month the ban was to take effect. It was pushed by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg and since backed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
"The largest source of added sugar in the American diet, 40 percent of added sugar comes from sugary drinks," Assistant Corporation Counsel Richard Dearing said. "They're empty calories. They don't provide nutritional value. ... They're not filling. What that means is when you consume calories from sugary drinks, you don't reduce other caloric consumption."
Several judges on the Court of Appeals questioned where the board would draw the line.
Judge Eugene Piggott Jr. asked whether triple-decker burgers would be next. Judge Victoria Graffeo questioned the limit in light of exclusions like mixed coffee drinks loaded with more than 800 calories.
The board's decision was reasonable, not arbitrary, based on science, Dearing said. He added that it isn't actually a ban, only a limit on cup size.
You better watch yourselves, New York government guys. When I first heard about this potential ban on my beloved Big Gulps like two years ago, I thought it was the stupidest thing ever and, if put in to action, one of the biggest acts of tyranny in the colonies since the Boston Tea Party. And now, in 2014, it's apparently still a conversation we're having. Hey government? Stay out of it, asshole. Leave us to our sugary death drinks if we so choose to drink them. It should be none of your concern whether or not my arteries harden in the next 15 years or so based upon soda intake.
The real conversation to be had here is amongst ourselves, human beings of New York. Yes, this law is absurdly un-American, but clearly we're giving the government reason to keep bringing this back up by being huge fat people with heart diseases on the reg. I'm not saying never indulge in a Big Gulp, we've all been 12 years old after Little League, but as a fully grown human do you really need a LAW to prevent you from choosing the soda size that you know is going to lead to adult onset diabetes?
I mean, I'm not an idiot*, I get that obesity is a real issue in this country, and I get that drinking 80 ounces of soda in one sitting isn't doing anything to discourage that fact. But making laws to "limit cup sizes" (what a smart ass retort by that guy by the way) should not be the solution here. How about we just decide to work out a bit more? Maybe select a medium next time we're at 7-11? We have options, guys, and I'm confident that we can do it for ourselves. So back the hell off, govment boys, let us decide whether we want to be fat or not, a choice that every American should have the right to.