New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been justifiably ridiculed for his banning of large sugary drinks — refusing to allow adults to make such choices for themselves. Despite the overwhelming criticism of the soda ban, his health board appears emboldened rather than chagrined by the controversy. It is now moving to ban certain sizes of popcorn and milk.
At the meeting discussion of the soda ban, some of the members of board said they should be considering other limits on high-calorie foods. Bruce Vladeck wants to see limits on the sizes for movie theater popcorn — noting that “The popcorn isn’t a whole lot better than the soda,”
Board member Dr. Joel Forman has a pet peeve with milk – calling for limits on “milkshakes and milk-coffee beverages that have monstrous amounts of calories.”
The members seem to be struggling to confirm the worst expectations of a food police — once the government gains of taste of food limits, they develop an insatiable desire for more. It becomes a slippery slope . . . if soda, why not popcorn . . . if popcorn, why not milk. The board seems to want to fulfill every stereotype of a nanny state.
By the way, many of us with multiple kids buy large popcorn and split it to save money. Will the Board require certification of a multiple person purchase or just force families to pay the higher price of multiple small popcorn sizes?
We have seen the same phenomenon in California and other states. Once the taste of the nectar of nanny laws takes hold, officials demand more and more control over the diets and choices of citizens. New Yorkers are not known for withholding their opinions in traffic or any other forum. I would hope that they would be heard loud and clear about this board and the need for some new members.