New York City, with the full co-operation of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has made some big changes in how its residents are being allowed to eat in public places.
Most recently, NYC is banning large sodas and other sugar-filled drinks from its restaurants and other food outlets.
Drinks that are over 16 ounces are banned, in an effort to curb obesity. Drinks that are made mostly of juice or are at least 50 percent milk are exempt from this law.
However, restaurants that offer refills may continue to do so. So a person can have as many 16-ounce drinks as they like, as long as they are contained in a container no bigger than 16 ounces.
According to a Yahoo News article on the subject, "Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn't mince words Thursday in describing the role that sugary beverages have played in the obesity epidemic: He likened the restrictions on caloric soft drinks to banning lead paint, and cited the surge in young children being diagnosed with a type of diabetes more commonly found in overweight adults."
This law has its detractors. Many of them.
New York City, with the full co-operation of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, had previously banned the use of trans fats -- a former staple! -- in fast food places, school cafeterias and sports stadiums. Fast food places must also list the calorie content of all their foods.
Tired of being told what to eat and drink, many people see these laws as coming from a nanny state and complain that the government has no right to interfere with the choices people make about food consumption.
The fact that refills are available on 16-ounce sugary drinks is also causing a lot of eye rolls from commentators of the report.
Obesity is indeed an epidemic in America. A great part of this is due to huge portions, sugary drinks and fatty foods.
While exercise is very important for heart and lung health, for strong muscles and bones as well as mental health, it's what we eat that really matters when it comes to our weight.