Should the Government Limit the Size of Sugary Drinks?


New York City recently approved a ban on sugary drinks over 16 ounces in all restaurants, movie theaters, and stadiums as a way to combat obesity. This could impact how much pop you could get at your favorite restaurant if similar measures are introduced in our state. Some people applaud the city’s mayor for tackling an important public health issue, just as the mayor did when he banned smoking in all city restaurants. Others think the mayor is limiting consumer choice. I believe that if the government was to limit the size of drinks it would infringe on personal rights and in the end, it would not curb the obesity rate because people would just buy more drinks.

How about people who have a party? When they drink with a large group of people, they will want the large sizes for sharing easily.  I don’t think the market should decide the sizes of the sugary drinks. To limit the sizes of the sugary drinks doesn’t help to decrease the obesity rate. It also decreases the economy since the business of the sugary drink companies will be affected. I think to ban the sugary drinks or not will not affect me so much because I don’t drink sugary drinks very often. But I think the ban is an infringement on my rights. We have rights to know what we want to eat; the government cannot control our diet.

By: Emma Niese

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