Condemn Judge’s Decision to Block Anti-Obesity Law

Target: New York Judge Milton Tingling

Goal: Voice opposition to Judge Tingling’s decision to overturn New York City’s ban on oversized sugary drinks.

Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City, has become well known for his efforts to improve public health. He has led the way for the rest of the country, first by banning smoking in bars, then banning trans fat in foods, and lowering the salt content of processed food. His latest effort had been to ban large sugary drinks that contribute to a nationwide obesity problem.

However a judge in the state of New York has struck down this law and prevented its implication, which was due to begin shortly. The law would have prohibited the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces at stores under the city’s regulation. Drinking such sugary drinks in massive quantities is a major driver of obesity in America.

Bloomberg’s efforts were controversial, but despite critics’ claims, the ban would have been effective to least remind people that more than 16 ounces of sugary soda is excessive. Michael Bloomberg, instead of being lauded for his efforts to safeguard the public health of New York, has been called the leader of a “nanny state.”

Judge Tingling, in his written decision to strike down the law, contended that the law is not reacting to an “imminent danger due to disease,” which is required of public health laws. This, however, is simply an oversight. Obesity and its related diseases have been threatening and continue to threaten New York City and every other city in the United States and beyond. Obesity is a serious disease—one of the most serious of this generation. And yet Judge Tingling has judged that it does not pose a threat to the general population.

Sign this petition to tell Judge Tingling that you disagree with him. Obesity is a serious problem, and banning the sale of needlessly oversized sugary drinks in New York City would have been a good start in the fight against it.


Dear Judge Milton Tingling,

Your recent decision to strike down Michael Bloomberg’s ban on sugary drinks was ill-advised. You said in your opinion that the law had not demonstrated that it was a reaction to an imminent public health threat. I believe you have overlooked the fact that obesity is a serious and imminent (indeed, ongoing) public health problem in New York City and elsewhere in the country.

It seems ridiculous to me that you would strike down a law doing something as sensible as stopping people from drinking more than about a pound of sugar water. I hope you change your mind one day.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. J Davidson says:

    Our entire junk food system is wrong from Big Ag all the way to the retailers. Time to revise everything into healthy eating, not just the soda. Anyway, we have the ability to buy more small sodas instead of one big one. Where’s the logic? What a waste of time, money and energy.

  2. John Goldsworthy II says:

    Whatever happened to individual responsibility? Instead of legislating good eating habits, how about instilling it into our children through school programs that promote exercise and healthy eating? Use the taxpayer money used for the lawyers and court fees to go toward education initiatives.

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