Originally Posted by Axil
"General Welfare" is an ambiguous term. You could use "general welfare" to justify nearly anything. "Regulating commerce" is equally broad, ambiguous and dangerous.
I think referring to coke as poison is a bit extreme, but yes, i do think corporations have the right to sell poison... Cigarettes are sold every day.
For the record plenty of people consume large amounts of soda without any negative consequences. From the age of 15 to 22 i probable averaged 3 trips to Wendy's a week, i always got a fountain soda that was bigger than 16 ounces, and sometimes i even refilled it! I was very active, swam a lot, visited the gym regularly, never was overweight. Now I'm older and i very rarely consume soda with sugar in it. I'm about 10lb overweight, and overall i eat a lot healthier. As my metabolism slowed, and changing diapers replaced pick up basketball at the gym, i had to make changes to keep myself healthy.
How many people do you think are going to have a significantly lessened overall calorie reduction if they limited soda sizes at 16oz? Many people gain weight when they switch from soda to diet soda because thier sugar cravings cause them to consume higher calorie foods instead of just drinking the sugar. It's very possible that limiting soda size could increase the average BMI of New York!
I happen to think what Bloomberg did was a brilliant publicity stunt to bring attention to a real health issue. The actual ban was so crazy it got national attention. The underlying issue of people making good individual choices to have a healthy society has to be balanced with good choices being as readily available as bad choices. When you go into a Supermarket, it gets harder ever day. This crazy stunt got tremendous publicity and put a little scare into the big food companies that routinely put poision on the shelf in supermarkets across are country every day.
You are absolutely right, people have to make choices for themselves. I'm not focused on his bat **** crazy idea of banning large soda. What isn't a bat **** crazy idea is that people should think twice about consuming sugar at the rates our society is consuming it and Bloomberg in his crazy way made the point.
Put down the bread and cheese and give me 20. That extra 10 pounds isn't doing you any good.