I was glad to see Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s edict overturned by a judge in New York City. What gives Bloomberg or any government the right to disallow us from drinking a 16-oz Coca Cola if that’s what we want to do? Why make a broad-stroke ruling, penalizing everyone, when a few can’t control their eating habits?
It’s crazy how much government meddles in our lives on things we should take responsibility for. What’s next, limiting the number of Big Macs a person can buy at any one time, the size of a pizza, the number of M&Ms in a pack?
It’s not the government’s place to tell us how much we can eat and drink. Were the New York police going to arrest citizens walking down the street with an illegal drink cup? “What are you in for?” “I drank a 16-ounce Coke in New York City.”
Granted the government has legislated things that are beneficial in our lives that we had little choice over – like Social Security and Medicare. But that’s different. Those programs provide a benefit for when we’re in our retirement years and no longer have a steady income to rely on. They make us less of a burden on government.
Legislating away obesity, if that’s what Bloomberg’s after, is like legislating morality. It won’t work. We have to do that on our own.
And whatever happened to responsibility? We are well aware that obesity is from over-eating and stuffing ourselves with unhealthy foods. We hear it everyday. Same with smoking, drinking and driving too fast. But we do it anyway, and then want to blame someone else when something goes wrong.
The California woman who sued McDonald’s because its coffee was scalding hot is my all-time favorite. She’s the one who dropped the cup in her own lap, not McDonald’s. But that’s who she blamed. She was probably stuffing her face with tater tots.
Personally, I want my coffee scalding-hot and feel it’s a suing offense when it’s not. On a hot day I may also want a 16-ounce sugary drink. My choice.
I don’t really get the drink-size issue anyway. Don’t most fast food restaurants and convenience stores give us unlimited refills? Why does it matter what size the cup is?
What is accepting personal responsibility? Livestrong.com answers that question and even offers solutions and a quiz for us who need to take control of our lives. You can find them at http://www.livestrong.com/article/ 14698-accepting-personal-responsibility/#ixzz2O6rT7AEX.
In part, Livestrong.com says accepting personal responsibility includes:
• Acknowledging that you are solely responsible for the choices in your life.
• Accepting that you are responsible for what you choose to feel or think.
• Accepting that you choose the direction for your life.
• Accepting that you cannot blame others for the choices you have made.