New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor who doesn’t want citizens slurping a sugary soft drink, is OK with the good people of New York City scarfing down massive doughnuts. Bloomberg presented a proclamation recognizing Friday as National Donut Day.
Bloomberg was one of many involved in the fattening festivities. Entenmann’s Bakery unveiled doughnuts one foot in diameter and a year’s supply of free doughnuts was given away. Across the country, participating Krispy Kreme stores gave free doughnuts to customers, and Dunkin’ Donuts offered a free doughnut with the purchase of a drink. The day was made official by a proclamation letter from Bloomberg.
On Thursday, the day before National Donut Day, Bloomberg launched an attack against sugary drinks. At a press conference, the Bloomberg Administration was asked if mixed messages were being sent. Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs responded. In a statement that contained the word “um” five times, she said that public events like National Donut Day are “quite distinct from a public health agenda.”
When Matt Lauer of “Today” asked the Mayor about the seeming hypocrisy, Bloomberg responded: “One doughnut’s not going to hurt you. In moderation, most things are OK.”
In an online poll, 83 percent of people voiced their opinion that the drink ban will not help combat obesity.
Coca-Cola Co. is also opposed to the ban. The company issued a statement:
The people of New York City are much smarter than the New York City Health Department believes. We are transparent with our consumers. They can see exactly how many calories are in every beverage we serve. We have prominently placed calorie counts on the front of our bottles and cans and in New York City, restaurants already post the calorie content of all their offerings and portion sizes — including soft drinks.
New Yorkers expect and deserve better than this. They can make their own choices about the beverages they purchase. We hope New Yorkers loudly voice their disapproval about this arbitrary mandate.
If you are worried about the proposed ban, take the advice of Bloomberg.
“Just think about what National Donut Day is,” he told “Today.”