Today, the New York Board Of Health banned supersized sugary drinks from being served at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries across New York City. Some people are complaining about this new rule and some people are not.
Those who are not, I have hope for, those who are, I'll say a prayer for you. At this point in time, we should all be well versed in the negative effects of soda and other sugary drinks. Having too much can lead to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and basically everything in life that you don't want. They also make you fat. They are not good for you. Period.
So, as New York attempts to take a small step towards being a healthier place to live, be thankful you have people that at least appear to care about you.
But if you're really not happy with this new law there are, of course, some ways to get around it. Free refills, buying more than one, buying a liter bottle at the grocery store; I wouldn't suggest any of these, but if you are getting desperate, so be it.
To put all of this in perspective, take a look at the photo above. This is why America is obese. Does one really need 500 ml, or 17 oz of soda in one sitting? Or better yet, 700 ml or about 24 oz in one sitting? The answer is no. Absolutely not. If this doesn't seem right to you, please go visit your dentist ASAP.
Let's take a walk down obesity lane, and get to know the real problem we have in this country.
Starbucks is the least of our worries. With sizes (L-R) short, tall, grande and venti, which is the largest at 20 oz, we can leave our favorite Seattle-based company alone.
2. Dunkin Donuts
Can all those cups even fit in your cupholder? The answer is yes, because car companies started making bigger cupholders to accommodate bigger drink sizes, but I digress. DD offers small, medium and large cup sizes.
(foreground=latte sizes, background=iced tea and coffee sizes)
Wendy's offers small, medium, large, as most fast food chains do, with their large holding 32 oz.
7-11 might win the award for the worst of all. Our stomachs can only hold up to 32 oz at a time, so the following sizes don't really make a whole lot of sense.
The classic Gulp is 32 oz, The Big Gulp is 44 oz and The Double Gulp is a whopping 64 oz. Try digesting that.
And across the pond...
If the Japanese are getting along fine with smaller sizes, why can't we? At McDonald's, America's smallest size, "kiddie" is bigger than a Japanese adult "small." #thingsthatmakeyougohmmm
And to put it all in perspective...
And don't forget, you can still go to your local grocery store and buy this...