Today's guest post is by Peppercommer and RepChatter Co-host Deb Brown. Be sure to check out Deb's blog, StandUpExecutive.com.
How is it possible for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to say, yesterday, that he wants to ban the sale of any sugared soda larger than 16 ounces and, in practically the next breath, say that New York City supports National Donut Day?! Bloomberg is obviously a smart man; after all, he built his own empire from the ground up. Yet, how can he not see this as a HUGE public relations gaffe – not to mention he just undermined his own reputation as the Mayor trying to create a healthier New York.
Bloomberg claims that he wants to take away New Yorkers’ choice to drink over 16 ounces at a time, yet is happy to support the fact that the sugared, fried treat will be given away to New Yorkers today. According to a report on WNBC-TV this morning, one donut has more sugar and calories than a bottle of soda (It looked like a 12-ounce bottle that the reporter held up).
Whether you agree or not with the Mayor on the soft drink ban issue is irrelevant. The issue is that you simply cannot say one food group is bad for you and causes obesity while another food group, which appears to have even more calories and sugar, is fine to stuff in your mouth.
Yet, for New Yorkers who believe that we have every right to decide what we want to eat and when, this gaffe actually comes as a blessing. How is it possible to take the Mayor seriously about his proposed ban on sugared drinks when he’s talking out of both sides of his mouth?
When a reporter asked Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs about the mixed messages, she stated, “The work of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reflects the mayor’s public health agenda. The celebratory events, the naming days in honor of individuals or items, or frivolities that are fun and [bring] exceptional joy are quite distinct from a public health agenda."
Really? Come on Ms. Gibbs. We weren’t born yesterday. Your comment is definitely too hard to swallow.
So, if you want to eat a box…or two…of donuts today…or any day…that’s fine. Just make sure the soda you drink with it is under 16 ounces. Or better yet, save a few calories and drink a diet soda.