Should government take on a parenting role and limit how many calories adults can eat?
That's the thinking that's happening in New York City. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is continuing to push for size limits on sugary drinks despite an objection from a judge.
The city filed a formal notice Tuesday of its appeal. The American Beverage Association and other opponents of the rule said they felt the judge's decision was strong and were confident in it.
Bloomberg said he has no plans to try to get the city council to pass on the soda rule, which bars eateries as disparate as corner delis and arena concessions from selling non-diet soda, sweetened juice and some other sugary drinks in portions bigger than 16 ounces. The city believes in the health board's authority over the issue and wants a higher court to affirm it.
The reality is that people need to be educated on healthy portion sizes, but government should not have the power to limit the size of a beverage.
It's up to the consumer to decide what they want.
The ongoing lawsuit is not a good use of the taxpayers's money.