DENVER New York Citys proposed ban on large, sugary drinks sounds extreme but the governor of the nations leanest state is listening.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says elected officials run a political risk for proposing dramatic lifestyle changes that he called one step away from the nanny state.
But the Democratic governor also said he doesnt see any alternative to dramatic ideas like New York Mayor Michael Bloombergs soda ban. Hickenlooper says the government cant afford not to act to tackle obesity and chronic lifestyle diseases.
Hickenlooper made the remarks to a conference of wellness experts in Aspen this week. He said hed unveil a wellness platform later this year but gave no specifics what hed propose.
Every atom of my being resists this notion of some of the things that Mayor Bloomberg was trying to push in New York around these large helpings of super-sweetened soft drinks. And yet, if we dont begin looking at certain things like that, the costs are going to be enormous, Hickenlooper told about 300 people at the Aspen Institute Global Spa and Wellness Summit.