A few months ago, my fellow bloggers here on MNN, Jenn and Starre, wrote about the proposed New York City large-sized soda ban. Jenn believed that Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NYC was “dead wrong” for proposing the ban. Starre said the soda ban “makes sense” and that it can help curb obesity.
On Sept. 14, the city’s board of health voted unamimously to pass the soda ban, and it will go in effect in March 2013. News outlets have started to weigh in on the ban now that it has passed. I thought the topic would make some good weekend reading.
- Forbes contributor Nadia Arumugan believes the soda ban will work in the fight against obesity because regulating food has a proven record, especially in New York City.
- NPR discusses how upset many people are over this ban, and why that might have more to do with our emotional attachment to food in general than our actual attachment to soda.
- Some of the details of the ban are mentioned in the Washington Post. Convenience stores will still be allowed to sell fountain sodas bigger than 16 ounces, but restaurants, theaters, and concession stands will not.
- Better health education would be preferable to the soda ban, argues Julianna Joss, a teen who is a contributor Huffington Post. She believes a simple high school course on healthy eating would be a good place to start.