Mayor Mike Bloomberg this afternoon appeared on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports to defend his proposed ban on sugary beverages sold in containers larger than 16 ounces. During his appearance, the mayor made a pretty interesting/false claim.
“We’re not taking away anybody’s right to do things,” the mayor told Mitchell of his proposed ban.
No need to adjust your eyes, you read that correctly; Bloomberg says he’s not taking away anyone’s right to do anything — while proposing a measure that would take away an adult’s right to drink a beverage in any size glass they want.
The mayor went on to cite studies that he claims show that if a food or beverage container is always full, “you tend to eat all the food in the container in front of you. If it’s a bigger container, you will eat more. If somebody put a smaller glass or plate, or bowl in front of you, you would eat less.”
The mayor says people will still be able to drink 32 ounces of a soda, but they’d have to drink it out of two separate glasses.
“If you want to order two cups at the same time, that’s fine — it’s your choice. We’re not taking away anybody’s right to do things, we’re simply forcing you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup,” the mayor (um) explains.
Bloomberg says the government has an “obligation to warn you” if something could be dangerous. However, as the mayor says, his proposed ban isn’t “warning” anyone about anything, just “forcing” (his words, not ours) people to drink out of smaller glasses.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 31, 2012