Thursday, May 31st, 2012
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Mayor Mike Just Called You Fat

And here's the most popular comment—from Astoria!—on the Times story about Mayor Mike banning monster-sized sodas in New York City: "This is just a stupid reaction by some rich guy who saw some fat guy drinking a Big Gulp and wants to use his power and privilege to 'stop' 'those people' from doing what offends them." Yikes! No one likes a bossy mayor, even when he's technically right. Also: boy oh boy, the next Mayor has a lot to live up to.

Apart from all that tsuris, the City isn't doing a good science sales job in the slightest: "In New York City, where more than half of adults are obese or overweight, Dr. Thomas Farley, the health commissioner, blames sweetened drinks for up to half of the increase in city obesity rates over the last 30 years." Okay:

1. lumping "obese" with "overweight" is crazy. (The obesity rate in New York City is actually somewhere around 22%.)

2. Doesn't that basically mean New York City is the skinniest town around?

3. Probably it does: "Since the 2006-07 school year, the obesity rate in New York City's K-8 public school students decreased 5.5 percent."

So just think how skinny little Zarbo and Hunningly are going to be at the big weigh-in at Saint Ann's next year!

26 Comments / Post A Comment

BoHan (#29)

Hey. Question! Can I still Super Big Gulp my diet coke? Or are we rolling down that slippery slope too? I'll settle for Splenda.

City_Dater (#2,500)

@BoHan

Diet sodas are exempt from the giant cup ban. The mayor is fine with the possible slow poisoning effects of artificial sweetners because they don't create harmful second-hand smoke or unsightly chubby people.

BoHan (#29)

@City_Dater Awesome. I'll buy some Camel No-Filters and a Super Big Gulp Tab this afternoon.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

When soda is outlawed, outlaws will just order a 64-ounce milkshake.

cherrispryte (#444)

So. Much. Facepalm.

jfruh (#713)

As Choire has already explained, Zarbo and Hunningly will get plenty of exercize once Daddy moves out and they have to shlep up and down the stairs at the Smith and 9th St. station three times a week to go visit him in Gowanus.

@jfruh Yeah, I do think this works out. Plus? Divorced Daddy and his mancave roommates aren't exactly going to be remembering to feed the kiddos while they're playing Metal Gear Solid or whatever, so they'll be as trim as ever!

@jfruh Assuming they ever reopen that station.

Nanny-statism aside, will the proposal even help, say, the diabetes type 2 statistics? You know Bloomberg is all about reducing cost.

Logan5 (#233,031)

Won't people just start buying 2 liter bottles and drinking those on the street like a single soda? I do it all the time! They're often only 99 cents. Am I going to get a ticket?

jfruh (#713)

@Logan5 you need to put it in a crinkly brown paper bag.

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

So I can still buy my 64oz King Cobra Malt Liquor bottle, right???

hman (#53)

Well at least I can smoke in the park again.

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

I would be down with this if it only applied to:

1. Chain restaurants
2. Movie theaters

They are the most obnoxious offenders. The solution of course is that everyone will go to a free refill format.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

But officer! It's seltzer!

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@dntsqzthchrmn D'oh. Knew that thought didn't originate with me.

Growlers are still OK, though, right?

julebsorry (#5,783)

@Clarence Rosario Yeah, it occurs to me that since this ban only targets soft drinks, I won't be able to buy a 64-oz soda at Coney Island to quench my thirst after a day at the beach…but Nathans can sell me a 64-oz beer instead. I wish I was rich enough to afford Bloomberg's brand of logic, since my own seems to be broken.

Gasp! You found BABY GUTTYYYYY!

deepomega (#1,720)

If only there were more laws, people would meet my cultural expectations!

BadUncle (#153)

Next on the hit list: salad bars serving more than a splash of vinegrette. And all serving spoons will be reduced from "dollop" to "soupçon" measures.

If Bloomberg could maybe figure out a way to make this fucking city less expensive I'd have time to get off my ass and go to the gym.

BadUncle (#153)

@Maura Johnston You pay more for an artisinal metropolis.

baber (#244,003)

This is just a stupid reaction by some rich guy who saw some fat guy drinking a Big Gulp and wants to use his power and privilege to 'stop' 'those people' from doing what offends them.thanks!!!
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john smith (#245,014)

This is just a stupid reaction by some rich guy who saw some fat guy drinking a Big Gulp and wants to use his power and privilege to 'stop' 'those people'
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johsn (#245,069)

This is just a stupid reaction by some rich guy who saw some fat guy drinking a Big Gulp and wants to use his power and privilege to 'stop' 'those people' from doing what offends them." Yikes! No one likes a bossy mayor,
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