Bloomberg: Soda Ban is Trying to ‘Change the Public’s Taste’

September 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm (Donut Day, Mayor Bloomberg, Nanny Bloomberg, New York, Science, Soda, Soda Ban, Sugary Drinks)

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg once again reiterated his desire to force what he views as healthy choices on the citizens of the city.  Back in May, the mayor explained that his proposed ban on large sodas was a way of “forcing you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup.”

Now it seems he’s not only trying to force you to understand, he’s trying to force a change in your tastes.

Earlier this afternoon, the New York City Board of Health officially approved its plan to ban larger soda cup sizes at restaurants and concession stands, and, barring a successful lawsuit and a court order, the initiative will take effect in six months. And although a majority of the city’s residents disapprove of the move, at a press conference, Mayor Bloomberg aggressively told reporters time and time again that it won’t be as controversial as it seems.

“I think it’s fair to say there’s no evidence that it will hurt their business,” he said about restaurants arguing the requirement will hurt their bottom line. “Maybe outside of the limelight of newspaper or television camera, they would probably agree that down the road, what’s likely to happen here, what’s very likely to happen, is eventually they will just transition pretty much everything and change the public’s taste. Why? We cannot continue to have our kids come down with diabetes at age 6. If it was one of your children I think you’d be out there with a very different kind of question.”

This statement is the very definition of what makes a nanny politician.  Bloomberg believes that government knows what is best for the people to eat and drink, and he’d like to find government answers in forcing them to consume products he deems healthy.  He believes parents are too uneducated to make the right choices for their children.

That, in a word, is frightening.

The question is – where does it stop?  Doughnuts contain hydrogenated oils, and are essentially one of the worst cancer foods you can possibly eat.  Yet there the Mayor stood a day after the soda ban was announced, proudly celebrating the virtues of National Donut Day.

This is the height of hypocrisy.

Why is Mayor Bloomberg not actively working to mandate a one-donut policy at all bakeries in the city?  He could just as effectively site the obesity statistics used in his previous response on sugary drinks.

During the press conference today, Bloomberg ridiculed the intellect of a reporter for not understanding the mayor’s wise decisions and the science behind them.

At times, Mr. Bloomberg got a bit testy. For example, one reporter asked how he knows soda, which has been part of Americans’ diet for some time, is responsible for the surge in obesity.

“Miss, I don’t know how to answer your question if you don’t have any understanding of science whatsoever,” the mayor answered. “It’s just thermodynamics, if you put in more calories in than you burn up, you’re going to store it. Storage of calories is called fat and we’d be happy to provide some information for you.”

You know who does understand science?  The two separate sets of researchers who recently determined there is no link between childhood obesity and soda.

We’d be happy to provide some information for you, Mr. Mayor.

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Mayor Bloomberg Responds to Our Criticism of New York City’s Soda Ban

August 4, 2012 at 11:00 am (Big Gulp, Freedom, Healthy Choices, Mayor Bloomberg, Nanny Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, New York City, Obesity, Personal Liberty, Soda, Sugary Drinks)

A couple of months ago, the Mental Recession reported on a ban on large sodas being enacted in New York City.  The plan was the first of its kind anywhere in the nation – perhaps because others couldn’t concoct a more inane way to fight obesity.  Bloomberg however, has an extraordinary knack for finding the most absurd ways to monitor your health, and by extension – take away your freedoms.

It is the nanny state at it’s finest, and perhaps another reason why New York’s residents are fleeing the state in record numbers.

The concept really took a turn for the worse when Bloomberg actually said that the city had to “forc(e) you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup.”

We reached out to the Mayor’s Office for comment on the soda ban, and the following is a response from Mr. Bloomberg himself:

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns about our plan to limit the size of sugary drinks at some food establishments. 

Like the rest of America, our City is facing an obesity epidemic. Nearly 60% of adult New Yorkers and close to 40% of public school students are overweight or obese, putting them at greater risk of developing a host of diseases and conditions, including Type 2 Diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Obesity is now the second-leading cause, just after smoking, of preventable death in New York City. 

Our success in cutting smoking deaths to record lows shows that we can tackle the toughest public health problems head-on—and make a huge difference—but only if we are willing to act boldly, and target the problem comprehensively. We are confronting the obesity epidemic on several fronts, including our most recent proposal to curb consumption of sugary beverages. We are also offering healthier options through programs that allow more New Yorkers to buy fresh and affordable produce.  In addition, an expanded public education campaign will build on the work we have already done to give New Yorkers more information—just as calorie counts in restaurants do—so they can make better choices about the food and drinks they and their families consume. 

Although we may disagree on this issue, I appreciate your input as we work to reduce the number of preventable, obesity-related deaths throughout New York City. Thank you again for writing. 

 

Sincerely,

Michael R. Bloomberg

Mayor

This answer is the very definition of what makes a nanny politician.  Bloomberg believes that government knows what is best for the people to eat and drink, and he’d like to find government answers in forcing them to consume products he deems healthy.

That, in a word, is frightening.

The question is – where does it stop?  Doughnuts contain hydrogenated oils, and are essentially one of the worst cancer foods you can possibly eat.  Yet there the Mayor stood a day after the soda ban was announced, proudly celebrating the virtues of National Donut Day.

This is the height of hypocrisy.

Why is Mayor Bloomberg not actively working to mandate a one-donut policy at all bakeries in the city?  He could just as effectively site the obesity statistics used in his previous response on sugary drinks.

Furthermore, the link between sugary drinks and obesity has been debated, with a recent Canadian study suggesting there is little evidence that sodas cause childhood obesity.

Bottom line, the government is well within their rights to educate people on the dangers of certain foods and drinks, but they’ve crossed a boundary when they enforce bans on those same items.

It is an affront to personal choice and liberty.  As is the mayor himself.

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Canadian Study Says Soda Doesn’t Cause Childhood Obesity, NYC Mayor Immediately Calls For Ban on Canadian Studies

June 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm (Ban, Canada, Canadian Study, Mayor Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, New York City, Soda, Sugary Drinks)

Actually, the report was seven pages in length, so Nanny Bloomberg is requesting a ban on Canadian studies over four pages long.  You’ll just have to purchase two in order to read the whole thing.

Via Yahoo! Philippines:

As New Yorkers continue to debate a controversial proposal to ban supersized sodas, a new study out of Canada says the link between the consumption of sweetened beverages and childhood obesity is weak at best.

It’s the latest study to weigh in on the controversy which has divided the city, with supporters lauding Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiative to combat rising obesity and others calling the strategy shortsighted.

The Canadian study, to be published in the October issue of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, determined that more than the consumption of sugary drinks, the main predictors of childhood obesity among Canadian children were household income, ethnicity and household food security.

Ethnicity?  Were the researchers aware that their study was inherently racist?

I wonder if somebody could present this study to Bloomberg and ‘force him to understand‘.

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Bloomberg on Soda Ban: We’re "Forcing You to Understand"

May 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm (Ban, Diet, Fertility, Mayor Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, Obesity, Public Interest, Restaurants, Soda, Spiderman, Steve Martin, Sugary)

Earlier today, we updated you on an upcoming ban in New York City that will eliminate the sale of large sodas in movie theaters, street carts, and restaurants.

The ban will include drinks in excess of 16 fluid ounces, forcing customers who happen to enjoy a large soda to figure out complex math and purchase two.

Perhaps Mayor Bloomberg was hoping the city’s residents were too stupid to do the math.

Steve Martin however, was onto his game…

Now, whether or not Bloomberg thinks you’re too stupid to find ways around this large soda ban is debatable.  What isn’t debatable however, is that Bloomberg definitely thinks you’re too stupid to understand the underlying reason that such a ban is necessary.  You’re too stupid to know what is and isn’t healthy.
Here is a quote from Bloomberg (h/t Weasel Zippers):

“We’re not taking away anybody’s right to do things, we’re simply forcing you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup.”

The statement, “forcing you to understand” is a step above and beyond a nanny state, it’s downright dictatorial.

Here’s the video:

Conservatives on Twitter are now engaged in a debate over what Mayor Bloomberg’s next ban might be.  Will it involve his war on obesity, or something else?  Here is my contribution:

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Stuck on Stupid: New York City Set to Ban Large Sodas

May 31, 2012 at 11:00 am (Ban, Diet, Mayor Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, Obesity, Public Interest, Soda, Sugary)

That wasn’t a made up headline.  Many of us, who actually believed we still live in an America where we are free to decide what we eat and drink, may have mistaken that for satire, or a tabloid type of headline.

But ‘lo, it is not.

Mayor Bloomberg, in his personal attempt to fight obesity, appears to have an excess of fat between his ears preventing him from thinking very clearly on the subject.

In what the New York Times calls the administration’s most ambitious effort to curb obesity, New York City is about to enact “a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts.”

The ban effects the sale of any sweetened drink in excess of 16 fluid ounces, or roughly the size of a medium coffee.  It could take effect in less than a year.

This plan is the first of its kind anywhere in the nation, perhaps because others couldn’t concoct a more inane way to fight obesity.  But Bloomerg has an extraordinary knack for finding the most absurd ways to monitor your health, and by extension – take away your freedoms.

This is the nanny state at it’s finest.  Perhaps it is another reason why New York’s residents are fleeing the state in record numbers.

Bloomberg actually has the audacity to claim he’s doing it in the public’s interest.

“I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do,” he said.

Can we get a poll on that?  What New Yorker, or American for that matter, wants government telling them what they can or can not drink?

What say you readers, are you too stupid to decide on your own what you can put into your bodies, or do you need a government sponsored diet plan forced upon you?

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