Since I had just run 13 miles, I decided to treat myself to a coke on my drive home from the race. I stopped at Burger King and ordered a small coke. I was shocked when they handed me a 16 ounce cup that just looked huge. Even though coke was the thing I wanted most in the world right then, I certainly didn't want that much. I drank about half of it and started to feel ill, but then I felt wasteful for wanting to throw it out and had a little more.
This is why the whole ban on large sugary drinks in New York seems like a good idea to me. When you get more than you want, you drink more than you want.
BF and I visited Niagara Falls a few years back and stopped at Tim Horton's on our way across the border (this is a funny story, bear with me). I ordered a small cappucino because I love those terrible powder + water cappucinos that you get at a gas station or a Tim Horton's and I only buy then on long roadtrips. In Niagara Falls, Ontario, I ordered a small and received a 12 ounce cup. Then we crossed the border into New York state and a few hours later stopped for a bathroom break. I decided to treat myself to another Tim Horton's cappucino, and found that when you order a small in America, it's 16 ounces. Same brand, same logo, same delicious flavor--difference sizes.
The other side to the argument, in my mind, is that by ordering the larger size, you reduce the amount of packaging used. If I had gotten a 16 ounce cappucino in Ontario, would I have wanted another once we got back to the states? Would I have wasted two cups? If someone actually wants 44 ounces of soda, shouldn't they just get it all in one cup instead of buying two?
I go back and forth on this idea all the time, which is odd for someone who doesn't really order beverages other than beer (which comes in a reuseable cup or recyclable bottle/can). When I order a 16 ounce coffee at a coffee shop, no matter how tired I think I am when I get it, by the time I've had about 12 ounces, the stuff that's left is cold and gross and I don't want it. Similarly, the last few drinks of my precious Burger King coke were watered down and kind of ruined the experience. But I love value!
It's a strange debate and I hate to seem like we need to be saved from ourselves, but we probably need to be saved from ourselves. I've got a pretty well-honed sense of discipline, but I still snack if food is around and I still drink more soda than I actually want.
I'm curious how other people feel about this. If the government interfering by limiting the size of sugary drinks, or are the just stopping us from killing ourselves?