Sorry to see New York soda restrictions slapped down
The Kansas City Star
Score one for the supersized soda.
New York City’s move to scale back oversized servings of sugary drinks unfortunately was a loser in its first round in court. New York Supreme Court Judge Milton A. Tingling overturned the law this afternoon, less than 24 hours before the restrictions were to take effect.
In his ruling, Tingling falls back on the timeworn “arbitrary and capricious” rationale. And I have to admit, he’s got a point. The size limits on sodas and other calorie-saturated drinks would have applied to establishments regulated by the city, like restaurants and movie theaters. But places regulated by state government, like convenience stores and supermarkets, were free to sell beverages in any size container they wished.
The ruling really isn’t a surprise, and it probably isn’t the end of this issue. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has the will and resources to continue the fight.
Personally, I’d like to see limits. Obesity is an expensive problem, and sugary drinks are a prime culprit. Sorry, nobody needs a 24-ounce Coke in one sitting.
It would be great if the industry would show some sense and cut back on sizes, but the trend seems to be moving in the other direction. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s getting harder all the time to even find a 12-ounce can of soda.
Sure, this is America and we don’t like government or anybody else telling us what to do. But those of us who don’t indulge in obesity-causing drinks and snacks pay for the health care costs of those who do in the form of increased insurance premiums and public health costs. We have a right to favor sensible limits.