CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- How do you feel about the large sugary drinks controversy going on in New York City?
As you've probably read, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in an attempt to fight the war on obesity, believed banning big (larger than 16 ounces) sugar-sweetened beverages might help reduce the amount of empty calories New Yorkers were drinking each day. Experts attribute the fattening of America in large part to the increasing amount of sugar people ingest from a cup. But just before the restriction was to begin, a state judge overturned the ruling, citing it as arbitrary and capricious.
Indeed, there were lots of loopholes in the ban (for example, it didn't apply to all establishments in the city or all high-calorie sweetened drinks), but let's hope it encourages us all to take a closer look at how we are hydrating and fueling our bodies.
Whether it was a perfect attempt to ban large sugary drinks or not, it's no mystery as to which side of the debate I would throw my muscle behind. New York has been a leader in bringing about legislation that seeks to improve the health of its citizens, such as banning trans fats. We're out of control with the amount of sugar we eat and drink. To illustrate, here are a few facts that support my belief: