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New York City, Soda Size Restrictions- My Thoughts

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NYC Soda Size Restrictions, My Thoughts

soda size New York  NYC Soda Size Restrictions, My ThoughtsHere are my thoughts on the proposed government regulations on soda size in NYC….

To be honest, I think it’s a bunch of bologna! 

First of all, limiting the size of a soft drink to 16 ounces will not make much or any impact on the current obesity and diabetes epidemics.  People who buy soda will continue to buy soda.  And if they normally drink 32 ounces, they’ll just buy 2- 16 oz cups of soda.  Or what about those families who share one large soda at the movies once or twice a year.  Who is the government to tell them they must spend more money to purchase several 16 ounce cups for the occasion.

If the New York City government is worried about sugar, what are their plans about candy?  Are they going to say you can only have 10 Milk Duds or 12 Raisinettes?  Maybe people will only be allowed to buy Trick or Treat size packages.  For goodness sake, maybe they should ban all eating and drinking in front of the movies.  Isn’t that also sending the wrong message…to eat in front of TV, mindless eating and drinking while being entertained on the big screen.

The proposed regulations also do not apply to diet sodas, also unhealthy & have been linked to a decrease in bone density in several studies.  Maybe New Yorkers will switch to diet sodas and an Osteoporosis epidemic will hit the Big Apple.

My take on diet soda
Americans spend millions of their hard earned dollars to consume liters of non-caloric, non-nutritious, artificially flavored and colored beverages per day while in 3rd world countries folks are happy to get any calories and/or nutrition any way they can.

What if for just one week, Americans sent all of their soda money to Africa to buy nutritious food? Hmm…something to think about.

What do you think would happen if a smoker went to a convenience store to buy cigarettes and was told he/she can only buy 1/2 pack of cigarettes because the government wants to reduce cancer?  Right, they will buy two 1/2 packs of cigarettes or just one 1/2 pack and run out to the store again later that day.  Smokers will smoke and soda drinkers will drink until they are educated and motivated enough to stop.

In my opinion, if the NYC government wants to get involved in reducing the epidemic of obesity and diabetes, they should invest in Nutrition Education. 

How about they run ads on TV during prime time about making good food and beverage choices or maybe run a few scare tactic ads!  The ads could show Diabetics with missing limbs on Dialysis.  Seriously, most people probably have no idea that kidney failure and amputation can be a side effect of Obesity and uncontrolled Diabetes.

I would also recommend that NYC fund schools to add Nutrition education to their curriculum and/or add programs and basic Nutrition courses taught by Registered Dietitians.  RDs could also work with the nurses and guidance counselors to identify kids in need and do one on one Nutrition Counseling in school,  after school or at home with their families.  Obesity is one of the BIGGEST reasons kids are bullied or have a lack of self-esteem.  Both of which can lead to poor grades.

What are your thoughts on smaller soda sizes?  Will they decrease Obesity rates?  Is it any of the government’s business to make such restrictions?


 NYC Soda Size Restrictions, My Thoughts

Diva Dietitian

Kristie Finnan is a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist, Freelance Writer and Published Children's Author. She is the Mom of 3 and Food Snob with a passion for Nutrition Education, Healthy Kids Foods, Marketing and Social Media. Kristie is the Creative Director/Editor for www.DivaDietitian.com and www.KidsLoveFood.com & Founder of www.DoylestownNutrition.com. Diva Dietitian blogs in Full Disclosure. Please see: http://kristiefinnan.com/about/disclosure.

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  • MichelleW says:

    Ridiculous! You are absolutely right. As much as I am into eating right and making healthy choices for my family and myself, it is not my business (nor the Governments) to tell people what they can and can’t drink. What’s next?

    Unless you are going to ban soda all together, people who want soda are going to get soda.

  • Jillian Mckee says:


    I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could email me?


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