June 22nd, 2012
01:50 PM ET

Bloomberg: No soda container bigger than 16 ounces

All this on "Fareed Zakaria GPS" Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

On "Fareed Zakaria GPS" this week: U.S. politics, journalist Nicholas Kristof on his unprecedented access to rural Iran; and a rare bright spot in the eurozone - Estonia’s President Toomas Hendrik Ilves explains how his country is the only one in the eurozone with a budget surplus.

Also: Michael Bloomberg. What should America do about obesity? The New York City mayor explains why he’s taking matters into his own hands, starting with the size of soda cups in theaters.

BLOOMBERG: I don’t think that we should restrict you from drinking full sugared drinks. I do think we have an obligation to explain to you that that is not good for your health. And one of the ways to explain is we’re going to require that restaurants and movie theaters, if you want to drink more than 16 ounces, they sell it to you, but they sell it to you in multiple containers, that no container should be bigger than 16 ounces.

ZAKARIA: But you’re regulating business. There are a lot of ... Republicans who say this is the nanny state.

BLOOMBERG: Time out. They just say that. ... Let’s assume there’s a building with asbestos in it. Do you really think what they mean is we should let you go into that building and send your kids into that school with asbestos in the air? I don’t think so. We regulate and protect the health of lots of people in lots of different ways.

– All that, plus Bloomberg weighs in on politics, the economy and the ongoing Rio+20 summit.

Watch more in the video above and from these excerpts from the show:

Bloomberg on the economy:

Bloomberg’s political ideology

Bloomberg on Obama

Topics: Economy • Europe • GPS Show • Iran • Politics

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  1. PPJr

    Just gimme a 6-pack of those! No, gimme two 6-packs!

    June 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  2. thatguy

    if you want to drink more than 16 ounces, they sell it to you, but they sell it to you in multiple containers, that no container should be bigger than 16 ounces.

    wait what? He didn't give an explanation on this.

    June 24, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  3. Wrytr

    It's one thing to discourage people from eating and drinking things that are bad for them, it's another thing to criminalize this. If you criminalize big sodas, you may as well criminalize all booze, and make in criminal to have an extra slice of pie.

    People should check out the horrific nonsense he's trying to pull putting a ten story garbage dump right next to a kids playground and intersecting (and destroying) an established, vibrant community.
    (Search "Residents for Sane Trash Solutions" for more on that gem.)

    June 25, 2012 at 1:28 am | Reply
  4. scott

    It seem's everyear freedom is taken away little by little. People are adults not kids. They don't need someone telling them what to eat or do?. Eating burgers and fries is not good for us,smoking is bad, soda is bad. how about drinking beer and booze? I wish he would put his effort into jobs and the homeless and economy. What a idiot. If people want change they have to stand and fight. There is no freedom anymore. The usa is going down the drain.

    June 25, 2012 at 5:22 am | Reply
    • big pappi

      ohhh boo hoo! stop your crying people. America is OUT OF ITS MIND OBESE and the situation needs to be addressed. this helps get the process started. As for all you whiny nerds.... the Govt says you cant smoke pot and use cocaine...but you have no problem with this? same thing with smoking in resturants. Stop all your Glenn Beck style whining about freedoms.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  5. Ted

    Bloomberg makes a totally false analogy. The difference is that inhaling asbestos causes cancer, but drinking a 32oz soft drink does not cause obesity or diabetes. It's wrong to restrict access to products when there's no direct link that puts people in harms way...it's absolutely a Nanny State move.

    June 25, 2012 at 8:20 am | Reply
  6. Elohmseeker

    Only in this country does a shameful man like this get to run around running his moth.

    Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—

    REVEALATION 3:9

    Copy Paste into You Tube: DOOM 2012...........PART 1/2

    Then look for the revelation video under videos.

    Game over for all sinners.

    June 25, 2012 at 8:46 am | Reply
    • flossy

      How does one run a "moth'?

      June 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  7. Wastrel

    Bloomberg wants to protect people and protect their health, but he's going about it by micromanaging and failing to recognize the general principles he espouses, and he's not making it a matter of individual responsibility. What we really need are laws that make it illegal to get sick, to get injured or to die. After this has solved all our health problems and protected the public, then we need to recognize that the elderly are more susceptible to illness, injury and death, and pass laws against getting old.

    Or, to put it another way, Bloomberg's ideas are un-American.

    June 25, 2012 at 10:08 am | Reply
  8. Mark Wells

    His comparison to a school with asbestos is a faulty argument. Schools are run by the government, so the government has a responsibilty to remove the danger. Large soft drinks are NOT produced by the government.

    June 25, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
  9. eroteme

    Now that Bloomberg has solved our obesiy problems what is next on his drawing board?

    June 25, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
  10. Mark Wells

    I agree with him that government can and should inform people about health issues. But he goes on to say one way to do that is to ban the product. Banning something is NOT informing. A public service announcement is informative. A warning label is informative.

    June 25, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
  11. flossy

    BLOOMBERG: I don’t think that we should restrict you from drinking full sugared drinks. I do think we have an obligation to explain to you that that is not good for your health. And one of the ways to explain is we’re going to require that restaurants and movie theaters, if you want to drink more than 16 ounces, they sell it to you, but they sell it to you in multiple containers, that no container should be bigger than 16 ounces.

    Ooookkk soooo what is the difference?? Sounds to me its about more money not trying to stop obesity.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  12. Jryan

    its funny that we forget, that in the land of the free it is "we the people," who control what we drink and eat. Kiss Don Mícheál's ass another time.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  13. Jryan

    And I have one more though on it.... In good old Erie we have the Blarney Stone to kiss, but in New York City tis Mícheál's ass we all must kiss.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  14. Jose'

    Must have a cup company in his porfolio .. or a land fill business

    "And one of the ways to explain is we’re going to require that restaurants and movie theaters, if you want to drink more than 16 ounces, they sell it to you, but they sell it to you in multiple containers, that no container should be bigger than 16 ounces."

    June 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  15. Think About IT!

    If you Dont eat fat you wont be fat!
    Junk In Junk out!
    You are what you EAT and or DRINK!........................THINK ABOUT IT!

    June 26, 2012 at 9:25 am | Reply
  16. Likes to Read

    Mayor Bloomberg reminds me a Vladimir Putin. Like a typical limosine liberal, he believes that the vast majority of people are stupid, ignorant, lazy, undisciplined, are their own worst enemies; and make really bad choices. Therefore, HE, being the enlightened limosine liberal that he is, is going to restrict their freedoms so that they don't hurt themselves as much as if he didn't restrict their freedoms. This is a very dangerous path to go down given all governments' insatiable desire to control people and expand their power, which is why the Bill of Rights was created and is so important. Our founding fathers are rolling over in their graves.

    June 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply
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