Weekly Response:

                “Daily News Op-Ed: Bloomberg’s soda ‘ban’ should be only the beginning” was the blog that caught most of my attention on Food Politics this week. To sum up this article, “Mayor Bloomberg’s 16-ounce cap on sugary sodas goes into effect on Tuesday, March 12. After that, restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and food carts will not be permitted to sell extra-large portions of sugar-packed drinks.” In my opinion this soda “ban” is a step in the right direction. Americans are constantly complaining about how being overweight has become natural in our society. It’s because of gigantic portion sizes that other countries in the world could not even imagine that being overweight is the norm. I know a lot of people that can’t stand wasting food. I feel like when people are pressured to order larger sizes in places like movie theaters and sports venues; those types of “anti-food wasting” Americans feel forced to finish the huge soda that they just bought. By doing this they are taking in so many unnecessary calories that they don’t need and would not be ingesting if they just stuck to ordering a small drink or popcorn. I was shocked when I read that the original Coca-Cola was only 6.5 ounces. That is so much smaller than any soda we can imagine drinking now in 2013. I don’t think it would be a damaging thing to our country to be able to get back around to offering drinks that are that small. Yes, they are cheaper and would not bring in as much money, but if we want to be the healthy America that seems like has been placed on the back burner then sacrifices should be made. 


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