In the past week, a new legal ban on fast food and convenience store sugary drinks has been enacted in New York City… What are the health reasons for this ban?
In the past week, a new legal ban on fast food and convenience store sugary drinks has been enacted in New York City. Retailers and fast food chains can no longer sell the super size or the jumbo sized drinks, if they contain more than 16 oz. (ounces) of any sugary drink. Sugary drinks cover everything from soda such as Coke and Mountain dew to juices like Minute maid.
Why did this ban happen?
A large soda can have around 310 calories or more. 310 calories is not a small amount of calories. A large bowl of breakfast cereal with milk has just as many calories as a large soda. Also, a running or walking a mile burns about 120-180 calories on average. This means that there are enough calories in a large soda to power a multi-mile run. If these calories are not used, they can become fat, increase blood sugar, etc.
The average person needs anywhere from 1800 to 2300+ calories a day to power their body’s many functions. A larger soda in addition to a fast food meal could push your daily quota over the edge. Taking in more calories than the body needs can cause health problems like diabetes and obesity. That might be why the ban is relevant, because large drinks over 16 oz. are frequently sold at fast food chains.
The ban was passed in order to fight obesity in New York City. NYC is already a place with other health risks such as air pollution. The ban joins other health bans such as the “no smoking in public places and restaurants” ban. The big question is, will the ban promote health and help people get more healthy?
The answer is unknown. However, there should be some kind of new offering at fast food chains. Maybe they’ll offer larger bottles of water? Or offer Vitamin water fountain drinks?
At least the ban combats obesity at the source, calories.