Should the Government Limit the Size of Sugary Drinks?

Tylor Sellers, Staff Writer

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC for short, “Approximately one-half of the U.S. population consumes sugar drinks on any given day.” This raises the question: should the government limit the size of sugary drinks? Cities such as New York have taken part in this by banning all sugary drinks over 16 ounces in all restaurants, movie theaters, and stadiums. Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, proposed the ban as a way to counteract the obesity epidemic occurring in his city, saying “This is the single biggest step any city, I think, has ever taken to curb obesity.”

With nearly 78.6 million people in America being obese, some people might argue that limiting the size of sugary drinks would greatly help reduce this statistic. The only issue of limiting the size of sugary drinks is that the idea itself is not practical. A study conducted by University of California at San Diego found that restricting the size of sugary drinks would actually make people want to consume more. Owners of businesses would also find ways around the idea of limiting the size of sugary drinks. For example a business could sell two 16 oz sodas for the price of what they would typically sell a 32 oz soda for. Though the intentions on limiting the size of sugary drinks is good, Americans still have the right to make choices even if they’re the wrong ones.