Uncut: Obesity, supersizing and the mayor of New York

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by JOHN MCCAA

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Posted on June 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM

The mayor of New York has an interesting plan to curb obesity, trouble is I think he's overreaching.
It's this week's uncut commentary.

I usually like Michael Bloomberg. He’s no grandstander, clear headed and not prone to run off on some political tangent.  But his proposed ban on sugary super-sized soft drinks is a little hard to swallow.     

Imagine it here in Texas.

Now, we're talking soft drink sizes over 16 ounces, which is a small at McDonald’s and totaling over 25 calories an ounce.
People at stadiums and eating anywhere, think of it at all your favorite restaurants. The ballpark, the AAC, Cowboys stadium... no more supersize. Unless of course it's a diet soda or  fruit juice or any half milk drink which would be exempt.
   
It's a noble gesture, we all know we eat the wrong foods, eat too much.  Quite frankly, I don't think most people want the government to get into the portion control business.
   
I do understand the health complaints by many about smoking in restaurants... it affected non smokers... but this penalizes everybody.
   
There's been talk in Texas of a soda tax on sugary drinks, but so far it’s just talk, but it seems to me telling grownups, who get no help putting food on the table or paying their bills just how big a regular coke they can have is a little much.
   
Yes, we overindulge, but at some point we should be held accountable for our own decisions and having the right to select the supersize. Though not always a wise decision should be one of them.
   
My thoughts.

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