Target: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Goal: Support a healthy ban on soda and sugary drinks larger than sixteen ounces in New York City
America has a problem, and that problem is childhood obesity – and obese kids are not going to stay children forever. One day, they will become obese adults. Please sign this petition in order to affirm that you support New York City’s soda ban, and that you agree that it is an unpleasant but necessary step to take in the war against childhood obesity.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is currently trying to defend a law that would ban sugary drinks larger than sixteen ounces. The ban, if passed, will be enacted in restaurants, theaters, and stadiums. He hopes to lower the obesity rate by passing the ban, and a new study shows that the ban would result in lower calorie consumption by both obese children and young adults. Afflictions such as obesity and diabetes are killing thousands of New Yorkers every year. Supporting this ban may even end up saving lives.
Of course, there are concerns. Some people may wonder what will prevent a child or a young adult from simply ordering two 16-ounce sodas. The answer is called default bias. Default bias is a person’s tendency to stick to the status quo as opposed to being innovative. The people the ban will target are used to buying the largest size of soda. Mayor Bloomberg and his staff expect that they will continue to buy the largest size, even if the largest size is 8 ounces less than they are used to buying.
Overweight children grow to have heart problems, low stamina, limited movement, and diabetes. They are also more likely to suffer from a stroke. In the future, taking care of them will cost the government and taxpayers money. Please sign this petition if you support the steps Mayor Bloomberg is taking to lower the calorie consumption of America’s future.
Dear Mayor Michael Bloomberg,
I understand your administration is doing its best to care for the citizens of New York, and I support this ban as a necessary measure against childhood and adult obesity.
Although there are ways around the ban, I do feel that this will have a positive effect on the population of New York, and that strict measures such as this do need to be taken in order to stave off the epidemic of obese and overweight children.
A future full of hear problems and diabetes is not one that I wish to live in, so thank you and your administration for putting your neck out there and proposing this ban.
Hopefully, it will do some real good for the people of your city.
[Your Name Here]
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