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Published on: June 1, 2012 11:55 AM
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London - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in restaurants, delis and movie theaters in the hopes of combating obesity. Under his plan, sugary drinks would be limited to 16 fluid ounces — almost half a liter.

Around the world, portion sizes are generally smaller. Perceptions of American overconsumption have been fueled by films such as “Super Size Me” and the spread of U.S. fast-food chains.

So while many global citizens reacted with a mix of incredulity, awe and disgust when confronted with some of the sizes of sugary drinks sold stateside, others were less surprised.

“I know what American culture is like — big portions, not necessarily health-conscious,” Gordon Howard, who works in finance, said at a London wine tasting. “They supersize everything.”

Like Howard, many people around the world say the notion of a 44-ounce cola doesn’t hold much water for them — but neither did a ban.

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LONDON

The idea of drinking that much soda — or liquid of any kind — is “excessive” to 32-year-old Simon Robinson, but he said wouldn’t care about Bloomberg’s ban because he would never drink that much in the first place — even during a three-hour film.

“I would probably have to go to the bathroom and end up missing half the movie,” Robinson said. “It’s the people that either want that drink or think it’s their right that are going to kick up a fuss.”

PARIS

Cafe owner Mourad Rahmani, 30, said he can’t imagine such a debate in France. “The biggest size drink we have here is 0.5 liter,” Rahmani said, raising an empty pint glass he’d been washing. While he would never think of ordering such a 44 ounce drink himself, Rahmani said he’s against the ban. “It’s a question of freedom. What’s next? Ban hamburgers?”

KAMPALA, Uganda

“A person should have the right to decide what they want to eat and how much,” said social worker Frederick Agaba. “This should not be the job of a mayor. In any case, this law would not make a big difference, as elsewhere someone could still take whatever amount of Coke he wants.”

MANILA

At Jolibee, a ubiquitous Filipino fast-food chain that’s more popular than McDonald’s, call center manager Joy Jimenez agreed with Bloomberg’s move.

“Kids these days when they see that soft drinks are available, they will just drink and drink,” she said. “It is part of government’s responsibility to ensure the health of its citizens.”

JERUSALEM

In Israel, Yair Foldes said that the New York measure might help address obesity.

“Here I don’t think we have that problem but there it might help raise awareness,” he said while waiting for a train.

JOHANNESBURG

Shazia Suffla suggested that governments should instead provide more information about how to avoid diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, and encourage restaurants to offer more healthy choices.

“I’m actually adapting to trying to eat healthily,” she said while hearing to a diner near her office to get a grilled chicken sandwich. “But people don’t like to be told what to do.”

SAO PAOLO

“It’s so weird for us, the idea that a person would drink more than a liter of soda — that’s huge! Of course there should be a law to stop that,” said Arthur Trigo, a 19-year-old student standing outside a juice stand in a shopping center. “Americans are such exaggerated consumers, they really need to consume less.”


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 Jun 01, 2012 at 12:26 PM DB_from_LI Says:

What about my right to buy a super big gulp for $2.19 & share it with my family if 5 rather thatn buying 5 10oz ones for $1.29 each? (and there is tax on each individual one as well)

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 Jun 01, 2012 at 02:10 PM FinVeeNemtMenSeichel Says:

So now a seed has been planted in all the useful idiots' minds: Hmmm- the Europeans/Asians/Antarcticans agree with draconian measures to combat American (phew!) O.B.E.S.I.T.Y. (big phew!). Maybe it makes sense.

Now what else would anyone expect from the AP?

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 Jun 01, 2012 at 02:47 PM wb Says:

Bloombergs ignorance is endless
can i see what this idiot is eating every day, does his menu have any salt, sugar, transfat or potatoes?
what a moran

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 Jun 01, 2012 at 05:29 PM menash Says:

Reply to #1  
DB_from_LI Says:

What about my right to buy a super big gulp for $2.19 & share it with my family if 5 rather thatn buying 5 10oz ones for $1.29 each? (and there is tax on each individual one as well)

Thats what bloomy wants more taxes and more taxes.......

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 Jun 02, 2012 at 09:32 PM Anonymous Says:

And Mubarak ruled Egypt as his personal playground for 30 years? Thank G-d for term limits (even though this petty dictator worked his way round them last time.) NY under Bloomberg is going the way of Egypt under Mubarak. GET HIM OUT!

FYI I never, ever drink soda. Hate the stuff. I don't smoke or drink any alcohol. I'm not fond of salt either. But I resent Bloomberg's right to dictate to me what & how much I can drink, smoke, eat etc.

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 Jun 02, 2012 at 11:14 PM Rabbi_CS Says:

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

He wants it to be legal to buy cigarettes, but illegal to buy a 20oz drink.....

Who sees the sense in that?

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 Jun 03, 2012 at 06:40 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
DB_from_LI Says:

What about my right to buy a super big gulp for $2.19 & share it with my family if 5 rather thatn buying 5 10oz ones for $1.29 each? (and there is tax on each individual one as well)

It shouldn't have taken you this long to realize what this ban is all about. It's always about money when it comes to Bloomberg. Do you really think he cares how the people in the city are doing healthwise???

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 Jun 03, 2012 at 12:49 PM Miriam377 Says:

Mamma Blumberg does it again, Mamma I want it NOW!!!!! oh yeah, were adults so stay out of our lives

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 Jun 03, 2012 at 03:00 PM HedgeYid Says:

Reply to #3  
wb Says:

Bloombergs ignorance is endless
can i see what this idiot is eating every day, does his menu have any salt, sugar, transfat or potatoes?
what a moran

Actually,

I think it is more likely that your ignorance is endless. Do you not understand the financial ramifications of not controlling Obesity and Diabetes in society in the long term. Mayor Bloomberg is not worried about your physical health, he is worried about the financial health of the city. The State/City must administer Medicaid & Medicare, and to some extent regulate general health costs. Letting, people control their own consumption, while giving them a blank check for their healthcare would be sheer lunacy, this is how the city is controlling for great leaps in Healthcare inflation... Now if it were possible to opt out of government healthcare, I would be fully in agreement with you, that you should have the right to eat whatever you want, and however much you want; because you are then responsible for your own long term costs...but alas this is not possible.
To put this in simpler terms for you: Would you let your daughter loose in the mall with your credit card and no spending limit? No...But you wouldn't have the slightest bit of temerity about letting a stranger loose in the mall with their own credit card... because you know it will never come back to you.

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 Jun 04, 2012 at 05:36 AM matt123 Says:

When you get a extra sized portion you have no free will... Face it, a recent study has shown that both portion size and obesity have risen at similar rates. It would seem reasonable that most people when food is placed before them will eat as much as they can and will not limit themselves to a healthy portion. The cost of obesity is tremendous burden to society and trying to do something about it is probably a good thing.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 12:25 AM yankel Says:

Ban smoking too !!!

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