Here’s the television blurp and text from — nyc.gov/health/drinkingfat — the website mentioned on the poster:
Disgusted? Most people don’t realize how easy it is to gain weight from drinking sugary sodas, juice drinks, sport drinks and sweetened tea and coffee drinks. Just one 20-ounce bottle of soda can pack 250 calories and more than 16 teaspoons of sugar. Is the lemon-flavored iced tea any better? Not by much – with 210 calories and 14½ teaspoons of sugar. Sugar-sweetened beverages add hundreds of calories to your diet each day. Don’t drink yourself fat. Try water. It’s good.
Will these health scare message work in the minds of your average, middling-minded Manhattanite? I doubt it. Just as I doubt paying $11.25 for a pack of cigarettes will help anyone quit that filthy habit.
People only quit a bad behavior when they feel the direct pain of that addiction in lost health that can never be recovered. We stop only when it’s too late.
I do, however, appreciate these ongoing scare tactics and punishing taxations from the City of New York — because those cudgels help keep the medically transposed, and the preset health-risk terrified, in check and in line.