Starbucks' recently nationalized "Trenta"-size iced beverages hold 31 ounces of liquid. That's bigger than the human stomach, as we've noted. And this gargantuan size has tempted the wrath of some of the nation's health advocates, who say it only inspires people to get fatter by consuming even more of their favorite unhealthy drinks. Perhaps. But Americans have a long-nurtured bond with stupid-sized food and drinks, and, really, a 31-ounce coffee beverage is the least of their worries.
As the Los Angeles Timesnoted Monday, Dr. Jessica Bartfield of Loyola University Health System in Chicago is one of several experts who say Starbucks 31-ounce coffee beverages (a size that Dunkin' Donuts has been selling for years) will lead to people gaining two pounds per month if they drink one every day.
That's assuming these folks aren't already wolfing down some of America's better-established ridiculous consumables, like, say, the Double Gulp fountain drink.
Big is how America does food and drinks. Almost every restaurant has free soft-drink refills. Almost every drive-through allows people to "super-size" their meals. For Pete's sake, one of the most popular shows on the Travel Channel (and one of my personal favorites) is Man v. Food, a show about a large dude from New York who in each episode visits a new restaurant that serves five-pound burritos, six-pound burgers, and ice-cream sundaes the size of coffee tables.
The point isn't that a 31-ounce sized container of coffee isn't fattening, because it is. It's that singling out Starbucks for introducing what really amounts to old news in this country isn't getting anyone any healthier.