Hey new information just out blows a hole right through NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's theory on how much soda we should be drinkin'.
We Americans not only love our soda pop, but we'll even buy more of it when serving sizes are restricted. It's a lot like the "forbidden fruit" theory..the less it's made available to us the more we want. So if you get rid of extra large cups, will people get even more refills? You betcha!
#1...there's an incentive to buy more because it's usually cheaper per soda.
#2...Years ago soda from a machine was 7 or 8 oz. Because of advertising, soda cans went from 12 to 16 oz. Today you can buy them in a typical can or bottle at 20/24 oz. The nutritional info on the bottle clearly says that a bottle or can has 2 servings, but we don't treat it that way. The belief that "I bought it and I'm not going to waste it" is prevalent. I think if 7-11 stopped serving 64 ounce Big Gulps, people would live with the alternative.
#3...I also think people were more careful with their money before. Kids didn't have as much access to the money they have now, and would usually be spent on a favorite toy or game, but now they can have it all! Gee, thanks Mom and Dad! It's a generation that gets anything it wants...nannies, cleaning services, unlimited sources if food, and large fannies.
There is a unique concept called personal responsibility and self-discipline. Exercise it. Otherwise, everybody will be punished with you!