This is a comment by wellokaythen on the post “Should Bloomberg Ban Sugary Drinks?“.
Banning large-size sodas may indeed make a difference in obesity rates. Let’s say that it would. We’re still talking about laws restricting individual choice in the name of public health, as if my body belongs to society and not to me. I can’t give anyone second-hand obesity because of the soda that I drink. This is one of times where I say “keep your laws off my body.”
I’ll go straight to the totally extreme slippery slope argument. You know who else was obsessive about the health of their nation and willing to use government agencies to restrict individual choices? The Nazis. In their own twisted way, they were perhaps the most obsessed about public health of any government that ever existed. Totalitarianism is very appealing when it’s presented in the name of a healthy society. Who would be in favor of individual choice when such a choice could be bad for you?
I haven’t read the details of the Bloomberg proposal. What’s to prevent you from buying two smaller drinks instead of one larger one?
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