Mayor Bloomberg's Soda Ban

Fatima Javid

On September 13, 2012 Mayor Bloomberg passed a ban on soda. He was touched by the nationwide controversy with his efforts to combat obesity. He is proposing to ban any sugary drinks that are more than 16 ounces from restaurants, movie theaters, food carts, and concession stands. I agree with him because sugar can harm children and make them obese.

Why You Should Not Drink Soda


Soda has a ph. of 3.4- an acidity strong enough to dissolve bones and teeth. The human body stops growing at age 30, 8%-18% of your bones dissolve through urine each year- depending on acidity of food intake. An American drinks about 56 gallons of soft drinks yearly. These are nutritional facts: one can of soda has about teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30-55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites. Soda causes osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay, and heart disease. Teenage boys now drink, on average, three or more cans of soda per day, and 10% drink seven or more cans a day. The average of teenage girls is more than two cans a day, and 10% drink five cans a day.
Pros: For Drinking Soda
       “The soda ban prevents the sale of sugary beverages- those that contain caloric sweeteners in quantities greater than 25 calories per 8 fluid ounces- in cups larger than 16 ounces. Understandably, many find the government’s manipulation of what New Yorkers can and cannot purchase at local restaurants overly intrusive and alarming”, remarked http://www.policymic.com. Aeman, a sixth grader from M.S.217 says she dislikes the soda ban.” Children should be able to drink as much soda as they want if they aren’t obese.
Cons: of Drinking Soda Ban
       “New evidence shows that drinking sugary drinks increases the risk of obesity or weight gain in children and adults, because of the sugar and high- fructose corn syrup in soda,” says Julie Salz Greenstein, Deputy Director, Health Promotion Policy, and Center for Science in the Public Interest. In fact, an extra soft drink increases a child’s risk of obesity by 60%, she says. Why? When people eat solid food, they feel fuller and are less likely to eat extra calories. However, when you drink you do not get that full feeling, so you eat in addition to drinking your soda, and end up consuming far more calories.
As you can see there are more reasons to ban soda than the reason it is not healthy for anybody. You know many of the other dangers of soda. So now it’s up