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Let's Be Real: The War On Sugar

10:41 PM, May 31, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Meantime, in New York City, there's a move afoot to ban the sale of oversized sugary drinks. Anything bigger than 16 ounces from a deli, a sports arena, even a movie theater would be illegal. Mayor Bloomberg says its all about the obesity epidemic.

But I've got a far better idea.  

We need a war on sugar. Sure, cutting folks back from the 20 and 32 ounce megatron soft drinks we've gotten used to may make some of us drink a bit less. But in a free society, soda bans for consenting adults ought to be a last resort.

Instead, I propose an anti-sugar public service campaign. Like they did with smoking. Instead of putting the kibosh on big sugary drinks, put pictures of the morbidly obese on the side of the bottles. How about your behind in spandex on the box containing your favorite honey bun? And when you just have to have that bag of triple double-stuf Oreos, how about a written warning that says, you're already too fat, put these back?

I'm talking a literal war on Sugar, designed to change hearts and minds, and most importantly, habits. Make overusing sugar uncool in polite society, the way smoking is now. The sugar lobby won't like it, but they are not our friends.

Because as much we love the stuff, Let's Be Real, too much sugar is killing us. Now, the idea of banning big sodas infringes on our freedom of choice, and I don't like that. But even worse, in some ways, it doesn't go far enough.

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