I understand that obesity is becoming a health problem in the United States. I do, believe me I really do, but I don’t think that it’s a good excuse to take away our freedom of choice. There are talks about banning the sale of sugary drinks on city-owned property in Boston. An article by Stephen Smith in the Boston Globe says this:
“Concerned about the girth of employees and visitors to government agencies, Boston officials are weighing — gingerly — whether to restrict or even prohibit the sale of calorie-laden refreshments on city-owned property.”
Something’s wrong with this picture. Maybe I’m wrong, but aren’t we a country that pride ourselves on freedom? Doesn’t having the choice to drink a sugary beverage with our lunch play a major part in the way we live our lives? I don’t think anyone has the right to regulate what we drink. We already tried that with alcohol prohibition and that didn’t work. Marijuana prohibition is on the way out. What now, a sugar prohibition? I think this is absolutely ridiculous, and we’re not the only ones suffering here, this is something that might start happening all around the country!
“There are precedents: San Francisco’s mayor earlier this year issued an executive order banning sale of sugary drinks, and New York has imposed rules governing the mix of beverages in city vending machines to favor water.”
I don’t know about you, but I love soda. And if you don’t love soda, then you probably don’t think this is a big deal, and you probably think it’s ridiculous that I’m even taking the time to bitch about such a stupid thing, but if they take away our choice of beverage, what’s next? Where do we draw the line?
I can’t agree more with Colleen’s comment of how a lot of our freedoms have led our citizens down the wrong path. It’s a difficult situation, because on one side we want everyone to live healthy lives, but on the other side we don’t want to be told what to do and how to do it. I think that the effects could be devastating if we decide to take away all the products and activities that are considered “bad for you” or not “safe”.
She brings up a good point on how she tends not to drink soda because when she was a kid she didn’t drink it often and it was more of a treat than an every day thing. I think for the most part everyone needs to be able to use some restraint on themselves instead of having everyone put the restraint on for them. If we are treated like children, and have to have things taken away from us when we’ve been “bad” (becoming obese in this case) then we are naturally going to act like children (and if you look at the mindless bullshit that people consider entertainment [reality tv mostly] it’s not hard to see that’s what is happening). It doesn’t feel right to be punished, I feel like it’s the government’s way of saying “go to your room!”