You do realize that you can still have it, right? And, yes, we do have plenty of problems in the world. Obesity and especially diabetes are out of control. Childhood diabetes if off the charts in its meteoric rise. And sadly, the kids who are most affected and harmed by soda are the poor kids. I could look around for a ton of studies to prove this, but I think we have already done that before on here. If you don't want them to start here, where do you want them to start? Because the whole "leave it up to the individual!" thing isn't working out so well as we see our nation crippled with obesity and diabetes related health care costs and a weakened and disabled population, with a weakened and disabled population rising up beneath us.
Love this perspective on obesity and poverty and the role that soda plays in it. http://www.laobserved.com/intell/201...s_or_not_f.php
The tyranny of liquid calories
The new studies showed that obesity rates and the proximity of stores were unrelated, but what about the kind of food purchased and taken home ? A recent study in Pediatric Dentistry showed that "Low SES children consistently had significantly greater consumption of soda pop than high socioeconomic families." Why do poor parents buy more soda pop? Because it is cheap, omnipresent, and tasty.
It may also be the single most destructive element in the human diet. Barry Popkin, the current dean of obesity studies, has even argued that because humans evolved without liquid calories (except for breast milk) they are uniquely unsuited to metabolize them. "High-sugar drinks didn't even exist until 150 years ago, and they weren't consumed in significant amounts until the past 50 years," he has noted. "This is just a blip on our evolutionary timeline." Liquid calories don't make us feel full. We eat too much. We get fat.
No human needs to be drinking soda, but no human needs to be drinking a 64 oz big gulp, in particular. http://www.healthytimesblog.com/2011...n-your-drinks/ Look at that. That is sick. To put that into your body is sick. I'm all for the ban.
Last edited by Potter75; 06-01-2012 at 08:02 AM. Reason: Forgot to add study which talked about poor kids and soda
For me personally, i go to starbucks and i go to fast food places once in a while, but i never order a venti and i get annoyed at how big the sodas are at the fast food joints. I never even come close to finishing it. While i actually like an ice cold coke or root beer once in a while, the thought of drinking 20oz in one sitting makes me queazy.
Actually, i could probably finish a drink that big if it were iced coffee. But they always pack it full of ice so i highly doubt there is actually 20oz in there.
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We don't have that here, but if we did I couldn't care less. I can barely manage to drink the smallest bottle of Coke sold (literally, I'll take 3 sips and that's all I want and that's like once a month) and I'm always astounded how some people can slug back nearly 2 litres of soda in those massive cups. So, a regular sized can of Coke has like 8 tsp of sugar or something, and those huge Big Gulp cups probably hold what? 6 - 8 cans, I'm guessing, with ice? 64 tsp of sugar.....OMG. That's like more than half an average person's caloric intake for an entire day.
Tangent, but what personally chaps my a$$ is seeing little kids in the Sev with mom and they're getting these huge slurpies. I'll bet they're even worse than Coke. This morning the woman driving in front of me handed her toddler in the carseat a bottle of Gatorade. Makes me feel ill what these kids have coming their way in just a few years. The 6 y.o. girl who lives a couple houses behind us just suddenly ballooned up. She was a solid girl, but now she's very overweight, and as I was looking at her I realized she was drinking a huge Starbucks strawberries and cream shake thingy.
So why aren't the environmentalists screaming about this issue. Just think how much more trash this will generate with all the extra bottles and cups people will buy.
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I drink a lot and could easily drink a gigantic beverage serving, but there is no excuse or reason for anyone to be drinking a litre (or more) of pop/juice/slurpee in a single sitting. Water. Drink water if you are thirsty.