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Drafting Your Argument

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Savanna Potter

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The Facts
Soda contains Phosphoric Acid, which interferes with the body's ability to absorb calcium and can lead to osteoporosis, cavities and bone softening. Phosphoric Acid also interacts with stomach acid, slowing digestion and blocking nutrient absorption, which then leads to obesity. The effects obesity has on your body is astronomical. For example, you could have Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Sleep Apnea, Joint problems, Cancer, Stroke, Liver and Gallbladder Disease and Gynecological Problems.(Feature, Gina ShawWebMD. "Osteoporosis & Sodas (Soft Drinks): Phosphoric Acid and Other Causes." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2014.)
What is the Soda ban?
The Soda ban is Mayor Bloomberg's idea of banning sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces not be sold at food-service establishments in New York City. At Restaurants with self-serve soda fountains, cups larger than 16 ounces will not be permitted. Only outlets that have Health-Department grades were including. For example, supermarkets, vending machine operators and convenience stores will not have to worry about the ban. Also, Mr. Bloomberg did not place a ban on refills. ("Bloomberg Soda Ban." The Huffington Post. New York Times, 26 Aug. 2014. Web. 19 Dec. 2014
Against the Soda ban?
Many critics and City Council members were against the soda ban. They stated that drastic measures, like this one, could lead to small businesses losing money on sales. An advertising campaign by the soda industry stressed the fact that the policy would restrict consumers' freedom to buy beverages as they see fit. It was also noted that even if the soda ban passed, It wouldn't do enough to lower obesity rates, and believed Mr. Bloomberg could take a more holistic approach to get the citizens attention. ("Bloomberg's Ban on Big Sodas Is Unconstitutional." Bloomberg's Ban on Big Sodas Is Unconstituional. Joseph Ax, 30 July 2013. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.)
How New Yorkers Feel
Citizens of New York City felt like banning soda revokes their right to make personal decisions. Statements have been made asking why not increase the education of healthy choices in school and other public establishments rather than banning soda. A major issue the citizens are facing is if they ban soda, what could they possibly ban next? (Michael. "60% in City Oppose Bloomberg’s Soda Ban, Poll Finds." The New York Times. The New York Times, 22 Aug. 2012. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.)
Where it all began
A study conducted by Dr. Mercola found that nearly two-thirds of Americans are actively trying to avoid soda in their diet. During 2002, only 41 percent of Americans were trying to avoid soda, this means we have had a significant increase from 2002 until 2014. The soda industry is a $75 billion market, the market was at its highest during the 1980s and 1990s. Fountain drinks have increased more than 50 percent since 1990. During the 1970s, the average person doubled the amount of soda they drank after Coca-Cola introduced the "super size." In 1998, Americans were consuming 56 gallons of soda every year, that's exactly 1.3 oil barrels worth of soda for every person in the country. A study conducted in 2005 shows that Americans are now consuming roughly 450 cans of soda each year, and according to the Beverage Digest, that is almost the same amount Americans consumed in 1986. ("63% of Americans Actively Avoid Drinking Soda." Mercola.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.)
Daily Consumption
A Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity study found that a majority of Americans understood that soda was bad for them, but despite this information, almost 48% of Americans drink soda on a daily basis. The average daily intake was 2.6 glasses per day. Rates are higher with young adults, 56% of Americans admitted to drinking soda daily. Along with that, an average 40% reported being somewhat or very overweight. (Melnick, Meredith. "American Soda Consumption: Half Of Us Drink It Everyday, Study Says." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.)
The Health Experts
Public health experts agree that sugary drinks have been linked to up to 180,000 annual deaths around the world and directly contribute to the global obesity epidemic. Researchers have found that people who regularly consume sugary drinks are more likely to become overweight, and struggle with diabetes, which also leads to heart disease. New York's proposed policy reflected that as portion size increased, so does the encouragement of society to intake more. ("Sugary Drinks Linked To 180,000 Annual Deaths Around The World." ThinkProgress RSS. Tara Culp-Ressler, 20 Mar. 2013. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.)
Recent Statistics
Recent studies have shown that nearly 1 in every 5 Americans have at least one soda a day. This study also showed that Mississippi had the highest rate of soda consumption with a 32% of adults. In New York and Hawaii, about 12% of people downed one or more non-diet sodas each day. To find out where soda and fruit drink consumption is the highest, researchers focused on the 2012 data from the U.S. health survey. The data revealed that majority of soda consumers were typically younger and male blacks or Hispanics. (HealthDay, WebMD News from. "Nearly 1 in 5 Americans Drinks at Least 1 Soda a Day: CDC – WebMD." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.)
Savanna Potter
Mrs. Kelli Marcus
English IV B
19 December 2014

The Soda Ban
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