New York City plans to ban the sale of big-sized (16 ounces or larger) sugary drinks from restaurants and food carts. Would you support such a ban in Lawrence?

Yes. 29% 160 votes

No. 67% 365 votes

Unsure. 2% 15 votes

540 total votes


labmonkey 6 years ago

Whatever happened to teaching self control?

gccs14r 6 years ago

Whatever happened to "small"? Self-control is more difficult when the smallest drink size offered is 20 oz. When I was a kid, on the rare occasion that my sisters and I would get a pop, we had to sit at the table, use glasses, and after we each got some, the rest of the (returnable) 16 oz bottle would be stoppered and go back in the refrigerator. Maybe with a ban on vat-size servings of soda, the 6 or 8oz serving would make a comeback.

Evan Ridenour 6 years ago

You make it sound like restaurants and stores are FORCING people to consume large amounts. Establishments offer larger sizes because the customers want larger sizes. This is an issue of personal responsibility. Stop blaming companies for giving customers what they demand and stop treating humans as some how incapable of making personal decisions for themselves. This kind of rational is exactly why people lack self-control. Blame someone else instead of blaming the one person who can control it? Laugh.

This is just another example of government regulation going to far.

gccs14r 6 years ago

It's all part of marketing, playing on the psychology of humans. People don't necessarily want huge portions, they're conditioned to accept them, and with societal conditioning to not waste food, people eat what's presented to them when they ordinarily would eat less. Then, when that's all that is available, that's what sells, which then is used as evidence that that's what people want. How do you think we ended up with roadways full of 3-ton SUVs? It's not because of the average American's latent desire to be a construction worker, it's becasue of the malleability of human psychology.

Evan Ridenour 6 years ago

Yes, because people can't make decisions for themselves! The big bad corporate machine forces people into consuming sugary soda-pop!

I think it is really sad that there are apologists out there, like you, that are more apt to blame companies for providing consumers with what they want then blaming the consumers for making a choice to be a fat, lazy, slob.

Evan Ridenour 6 years ago

While we are at it, we should ban all fast food. Ban large portions of meat. Ban all frozen meals. Ban all candy. Ban all junk food. Ban anything and everything that may be harmful if consumed in excess because consumers are apparently too dimwitted to be allowed to make decisions for themselves.

Might as well fine individuals who don't exercise daily too.

Cai 6 years ago

I wouldn't support a ban, but I would support any business that made it possible to get something smaller - even if it was at the same price.

Marilyn Hull 6 years ago

I agree. Bring back the truly small serving! We need to get back to viewing soda as a treat, not a daily staple.

ksjayhawk74 6 years ago

As a person who went from drinking the equivalent of at least 8 cans of soda a day, down to only 1 can of soda a day, I would support the ban.

God know, Lawrence needs a ban on large size soda a lot more then New York City does.

guppypunkhead 6 years ago

At the point we allow the government to regulate alcohol and tobacco, regulations on soda and other unhealthy substances should be allowed as well.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years ago

There already is a serious regulation on Coca Cola. They can't put coke in it anymore.

clarkentsman 6 years ago

Is it healthy to walk behind a gas powered mower?

Is it good for your eyes to read in dim light?

Is it healthy to get only six hours sleep a night?

Where do you stop?

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