At a brief but emotional press conference this afternoon, Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the controversial ban on large surgary beverages that a lower court had overturned earlier in the day.
“People are dying every day, this is not a joke,” Mr. Bloomberg said of deaths from obesity . “This is about real lives, 5,000 every single year in America. 7o plus thousand across America. As a matter of fact, it is (obesity) a world-wide problem. It is just as bad overseas as here.”
Mr. Bloomberg also vowed he would appeal the court’s ruling. He argued the ban large cups for sugary drinks in restaurants and other food establishment larger was a vital step in the war on obesity.
“I’ve gotta defend my children, and you, and everybody else and do what’s right to save lives,” Mr. Bloomberg said, addressing a reporter. “Obesity kills. There’s just no question about it. There’s no question that it comes from overeating and there’s no question that empty calories contribute to the problem. As a matter of fact, we put out some statistics this morning that show with higher consumption of full sugar drinks, you have a much hire obesity rate and it happens much worse in poorer neighborhoods. And so, this is the science, now we’ve gotta do something about it.”
Mr. Bloomberg even invoked God in his defense of the soda ban policy.
“We have a responsibility as human beings to do something, to save each other, to save the lives of ourselves, our families, our friends, and all the rest of the people that live on God’s planet,” he said. “So while other people will wring their hands about the problem of sugary drinks in New York City, we’re doing something about it.”