New York: Bloomberg Moves to Ban Large Sodas

In an aggressive move to combat obesity, the Bloomberg administration plans to enact a ban on large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters, and street carts.NYC Bans Large Soda

The move would affect the food industry across the city, including the entire menu of sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises, and even sports arenas, according to the New York Times.

Any cup or bottle larger than 16 fluid ounces (about the size of a medium coffee) would be prohibited. The ban would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks (like milkshakes), or alcoholic beverages. It also doesn’t cover beverages sold in grocery or convenience stores.

To pass the ban, the proposal requires the approval of the Board of Health; approval is likely, since all the members were appointed by him. The city health commissioner also supported Bloomberg on the measure.

Recent years have seen soda banned in many schools, and offering healthier options instead. Other cities have banned the sale of soda in public buildings. This is the first initiative to take this kind of a drastic step against obesity. According to the New York Times, more than half of adults are obese or overweight. The health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Farley, blames sweetened drinks for a substantial portion of the increase.

The New York City Beverage Association has criticized the city’s proposal, saying they have unfairly singled out soda. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made health a top priority, and has been derided as “Nanny Bloomberg.”

There are two sides to this argument. One point is the desperate need for some kind of measure to combat obesity. The rising rates and health risks associated with obesity are frightening. On the other hand, will physically restricting the amount of soda or trans fat available for example, really alter individual’s eating habits? We’d love to hear your opinion.

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