Well, isn’t this weird? The obesity rate in New York City has skyrocketed since Nanny Bloomberg took control of the city.
Reduce the obesity rate in New York City? Fat chance!
More New Yorkers than ever are living large, despite Nanny Bloomberg’s war on sugary drinks and fast foods, statistics obtained by The Post reveal.
The city’s obesity rate among adults has skyrocketed 25 percent since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2002, city Health Department figures show.
That year, nearly one in five New Yorkers was considered obese. Now almost one in four is.
The figures are surprising given Gotham’s residents are doing better according to other health indicators. (Read More)
Maybe all of the former smokers are compensating by overeating. Or maybe people now assume everything they eat is healthy because of Nanny Bloomberg’s efforts. Who knows?
Proposed Ban on Using Food Stamps for Soda in NYC August 21
The ruling was issued by the United States Department of Agriculture. Mayor Bloomberg and New York City health commissioner Dr. Thomas A. Farley have issued criticisms over the decision.
Dr. Farley expressed that he was “very upset” with the decision, and said that it “really calls into question how serious the U.S.D.A. is about addressing the nation’s most serious nutritional problem.”
The proposal was offered last October as a two-year experiment which will determine whether the ban will help reduce obesity among people who use food stamps to buy groceries. Dr. Farley shared further that an estimated 57 percent of adults in New York City are overweight, while 40 percent of children in its public schools are obese.
Obesity, in turn, was found to be more prevalent in low-income neighborhoods. Limiting the consumption of such sugary drinks as sodas among this group of people may potentially reverse this trend.
In a statement, Mayor Bloomber shared: “We think our innovative pilot would have done more to protect people from the crippling effects of preventable illnesses like diabetes and obesity than anything else being proposed elsewhere in this country — and at little or no cost to taxpayers… We’re disappointed that the federal government didn’t agree, and sorry that families and children may suffer from their unwillingness to explore our proposal. New York City will continue to pursue new and unconventional ways to combat the health problems that hurt New Yorkers and Americans from coast to coast.”