Jou Nerdin

Journalist voices opinion with excellent point

September 26, 2012

Let me recap for those who haven’t heard.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a soda ban, which has passed and is supposed to take effect in six months. While this doesn’t completely ban soda (which wouldn’t be a bad idea in my opinion), it does ban sweetened drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces in any establishment receiving a grade from the health department. This refers to restaurants, delis, fast food carts and movie theaters. However, this won’t apply to grocery store drinks, diet sodas and drinks with at least 70 percent fruit juice.

Forbes contributor Nathan Sadeghi-Nejad wrote an article about this change. He said the ban was a good idea. And it is. His article gives information on soda’s dangers. I read an article on nine disturbing facts on soda. However, I want to focus on the Forbes article.

Sadeghi-Nejad incorporates elements of the bill’s recent popularity amongst talk-shows and politicians plus his own input to improve. He said a soda tax would have worked better. I think that would encourage foolish spending, but he discusses his viewpoint efficiently. He makes the soda tax sound not too shabby. I enjoyed reading this article because he provides a separate solution and his opinion on current standings. He even gives the reader background knowledge supporting his view on the subject.

His paragraph on personal experiences with this topic gives the reader more.

“My dad, a pediatric endocrinologist who has seen childhood obesity soar in his clinic over the past thirty years, has long referred to sugary drinks as ’empty calories.’ He’s right. Soda and other sweetened beverages are luxury items that offer no nutritional benefit to the consumer. Even the food at McDonald’s offers modest nutrition at a low price — a defensible value proposition, especially for low-income individuals. Soda proponents can make no such claim.”

It’s informational and adds a personal touch to the article. It talks about a real person’s experience with this epidemic spreading across American communities. The proposal isn’t the first of its kind. After the Supersize Me documentary sparked an end to McDonald’s supersize meals, there weren’t a rush of people fighting against their right to supersize. Sadeghi-Nejad says this in his article, and it’s a great point.

Obesity is a problem in America. We have too much food. We drink soda but don’t drink water. We work out on the immobile bike instead of riding an actual bike outside. Change needs to come, and I’m 100 percent behind this bill. And this article.

We have yet to see how New Yorkers react when they can’t get their large soda with their fries.

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