Banning the Big Gulp in the Big Apple

The ink wasn’t dry on last week’s column attacking our nanny-state mayor when big-bad Bloomy, the defender of lungs, hearts, and waist-lines, once again began policing what we put in our bodies.

This time, he’s taking aim at large servings of sugary soft drinks.

The planned ban, which would take effect in March 2013, will end the serving of sweet beverages larger than 16 ounces in dining establishments, movie theaters and street carts.

Exempt from the ban would be diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based beverages, and alcohol, and it would not effect supermarkets or corner stores, according to an item posted on CNN.

The mayor explained the plan as a way to get New Yorkers lighter — at the expense of a few empty calories

“Obesity is a nationwide problem and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh this is terrible,’ ” he said. “New York City is not about wringing your hands, it’s about doing something. I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do.”

So the unhealthy triumvirate is now complete — he’s shunned fats and sugar, and smoking is certainly out of the question. The big three have been identified, targeted, and destroyed.

And yet people are still overweight, smoke, and get diabetes. Why? Because banning all this stuff, putting higher taxes on it, and making it impossible to exercise our free-will doesn’t solve the problem of obesity, smoking-related illnesses or blood sugar problems.

You can’t blame obesity, or anything else, on something or someone else. We the individuals have full control over our own choices. We can choose to eat the right food, we can choose to go outside for a walk, we can choose to not overindulge on high-calorie junk, we can choose not to smoke, and we can choose to take responsibility for our own bodies.

Mayor Bloomberg, with all due respect, what the public wants is for you to get out of our refrigerators, closets, lungs, and our lives and do something about the city’s infrastructure and expanding waste-size, as in big salaries for people that don’t deserve it, needless personnel, and bounce useless, needless programs.

Better yet, the quality of life issues he should be concerned about should address our shrinking salaries, empty pockets and inability to travel to our jobs because we can’t afford the tolls, gas, and fees.

Mayor Mike has been in for three terms, yet the electric bills are higher than ever, loans are needed to just pay the water bills (up 14 percent in the last year), real estate taxes are not in line with the value of the homes, roads are decaying, and people are leaving the city in droves (leaving outnumbered arrivals by “more than 1.5 million, according to an article by Jen Doll from Aug. 2011).

Not for Nuthin’™ but at the rate Mayor Mike is going, by the time he leaves office the Big Apple will be just a bloated, worm infested smorgasbord serving bland, tasteless food, chased down by over-taxed, over-priced bottled water to tourists on rented bikes.

Joanna DelBuono writes about national issues — and soft drinks — every Wednesday on BrooklynDaily.com. E-mail her at jdelbuono@cnglocal.com.

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