Look around. See anyone who could stand to lose a few pounds? Of course you do. Americans are fat. And not in a funny, two-twins-riding-on-the-back-of-motorcycles way, but in a depressing, billions-wasted-on-health-care-costs-associated-with-obesity way. That's why you have guys like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hacking away at the tip of the iceberg by trying to ban extra large sodas from the world.

Which, of course, is why 7-11 has recently, secretly downsized its 64-ounce Double Gulp to a mere 50 ounces.

What's that? That's not true? The Daily is reporting that 7-11 did it because the cups don't fit in cupholders? Conspiracy! Coverup! Check the alleyways behind 7-11's and you're likely to find big, fetid puddles of soda, forming an environmental hazard. Either that, or they've started using it for fracking.

Not true either? Well, at the very least we can still accuse 7-11 of deceptive marketing. After all, that Double Gulp no longer holds twice as much liquid as the Big Gulp.


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      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those large cups are actually economical, once the beverage has been consumed one must expel the fluid. Out on the road with no access to proper facilities it might be necessary to use said beverage container for fluid capture. Reuse and recycle. I'm sure the EPA would approve.
      Hampton
      • 2 Years Ago
      People will just buy two double gulps instead of one big gulp. So they will spend more money and create more trash.Typical byproduct of government barging in on private lives
      Dreez28
      • 2 Years Ago
      Big Gulps huh?...Well, see yah later!
      Clock
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing bigger than a 12 oz soda fits in my SC400 cupholders. Luxury doesn't really age well. Fortunately, the car had more going for it than that.
      nomadsto
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is money spent on healthcare considered wasted? Does it evaporate? Or does it go into the pockets of healthcare providers who then use it to buy lattes, cars, toilet paper ect.? Even if it's put into the bank the money doesn't just sit there. I would think spending on foreign goods, where the money leaves never to return, is a far bigger drain of our resources then a home grown industry like healthcare.
      doloresstrum
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't live in NY but I do not think it is anyone's business how much legal liquids I put in my body. How stupid is that. Worry about the economy, jobs, crime and the other job descriptions on a Mayer's job description. I'm sure what type of soda one drinks is not on the agenda. Next election your stupid behind won't be voted in I can bet. You are a joke mayor whoever. I am in Iowa so I have no clue but good luck with dumb law.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      1454
      • 2 Years Ago
      good grief, could you have hit any more talking points in this post? Who cares about any of those things? I don't. If we want to be healthy we will, if not, what is it to you? Or anyone else for that matter? It is a slightly relevant news story, because I'm sure the reason 7-11 would do this is to make it fit the cup holders of cars. But you didn't have to add all that extra BS to make your particular side "look better". Give me a break.
        Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @1454
        Because fatties have health problems and when they get older they are more than likely poor which puts the on medicare and I have to pay for it.
          brandon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bob
          And your point is? Maybe if hospitals weren't forced to help people then people would think more about being healthy and paying for their own healthcare instead of big screen tv's and new cars. This isn't a problem we need new legislation on, this is a problem that's roots go straight back to the government bailing out the weak and cripple in society. LEAVE THEM OUT TO STARVE. Then they will think twice about what they are doing. http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/marion-nestle-big-business-food-stamps-where-profits-164228337.html This should show you that we don't need government to force behavior, we just need them to take away their free gubmit cheese and part of the problems will be solved.
          Bob
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bob
          Well, until pigs fly, I'll stick to my original comment that fatties don't live on an island. They cost me money when they end up on social security and medicare. And all the taxes they ever paid in their lifetime will never be enough to pay for their burden.
          brandon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bob
          Thats the reason you should get rid of those entitlements. It's the entitlements that cost us money, not the people themselves. So, in the end, it is the government that directly costs you and I money. That's the point that is completely glossed over.
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think cars for the US market should have 2 tanks built in, one for fuel and one for soft drinks. Then attach a drink tube to the tank going to the steering wheel for the driver. no....
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gtv4rudy
        There would have to be some sort of refrigeration system installed as well because no one I know likes a warm soda. ;-)
        Jason Alan Sipes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gtv4rudy
        I know it's a joke but 99% of the time I use my cupholders it is to take a drink home not to drink while driving. If I do drink while driving I only do so when I'm at red lights.
      Jordan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Because of the lost decade and a half we have experienced, people wanna feel proud of something. They wanna show their resiliency. they wanna say FU I can do what I want. One way to do this is to eat like a pig, fart like a pig, and feel like a pig, and finger anyone that questions you. There is your FU moment.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jordan
        No, I would say it has more to do with people giving in to their indulgences. Many people turn to unhealthy foods and develop bad eating habits when they are feeling stressed, down, or bored, or just because it's often more convenient. The only people I ever met whose diets were influenced by their political beliefs were vegetarians.
          brandon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          Don't forget that it can, in some cases, be cheaper to eat things not as good for you. As a household of two, my fiancee and I, it costs us less to eat out regularly because everything is made for families. Short of fresh making everything, we throw away tons of groceries because the packages are made for bigger families.
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          brandon, That's part of what I meant by "convenience". In our go-go-go society, it's easier to just go out and get something. As humans, we tend to prefer the paths of least resistance, and eating right not only takes more effort, but it also tends to be more expensive, especially when eating out.
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Of course my comment got deleted. You can't say anything that isn't positive about Autoblog!
      • 2 Years Ago
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