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NYC To Ban Big Soft Drinks, Says Mayor Bloomberg

By Danielle Sullivan |

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Is 20oz of soda necessary in any one serving?

If Mayor Bloomberg gets his way, New York City will soon ban the sale of single-serve soft drinks larger than 16 ounces. The mayor is working to curb the obesity problem and feels that banning these super-sized drinks will be a step in the right direction.

Under his proposed plan, any sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces would be banned, including drinks found in movie theaters, street carts and stadiums. It would also affect the city’s 20,000 restaurants.

However, the drinks would still be allowed in supermarkets, convenience stores, vending machines and newsstands. Vendors would face a $200 fine for each offense.

The New York Beverage Association is naturally up in arms and feels their industry is being unfairly targeted.

Spokesperson for the association Stefan Friedman says:

“There they go again. The New York City Health Department’s unhealthy obsession with attacking soft drinks is again pushing them over the top. The city is not going to address the obesity issue by attacking soda because soda is not driving the obesity rates.”

Mayor Bloomberg says he will be part of this nation’s solution to the obesity problem:

“Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible.’ New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something.”

Since the proposed law would ban would prohibit cups larger than 16 ounces of any liquid that contains more than 25 calories per 8 ounces, diet sodas would still technically be allowed. Sixteen ounces of a soft drink typically contain 12 teaspoons of sugar, more than the daily allotted size for men and women. The mayor needs approval from the Board of Health, but it looks like that won’t be a large battle. The board approved his proposals to require restaurants to use letter grades and post calorie counts in the past.

Some people are against his proposed ban and feel it infringes on their rights. Others say who cares? If they want more soda, they’ll buy two. But does anyone really need to drink more than 16 ounces at any given time? In a land of super-sized restaurant portions, it seems like a first step to cut down the serving sizes of drinks. Will the food portion restrictions be far away?

I can’t say this is a bad idea. The government isn’t banning the sale of the drinks entirely, just trying to limit the single serving size. Sixteen ounces is plenty for any one person. Encouraging a super-sized drink is not responsible consumerism. Somehow, along the years, the profit (even in our food supply) became the goal instead of health and well being. Anyone who really wants to drink sugary drinks in excess can buy more, but to see a normal-sized beverage modeled in movie theaters and restaurants is a good thing for our kids, isn’t it?

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9 thoughts on “NYC To Ban Big Soft Drinks, Says Mayor Bloomberg

  1. Brian Cunningham says:

    This is a terrible idea by the mayor. Sure, drinks are not good for you, but is that the governments role to ban them? Why not ban alcohol? You never see a SDA (soft-drink anonymous group), or domestic violence or drunk-driving associated with soft-drinks.

    The bigger question is ‘where does it stop?’ Do we then ban Little Debbie snack cakes? Pizza because of the high caloric and fat content? Burgers? Bacon? Where does it stop? That’s the big question. The reality is, it won’t stop.

  2. Anna says:

    DON’T BLAME THE SUGAR…LEARN THE TRUTHThe food was changed in the USA, UK and Australia 30 years ago when dangerous food chemicals from the USA was allowed into European. The food today causes stubborn insulin If you have stubborn insulin you hold fat and have a hard time losing weight. You can eat very little and the weight still does not come off. Stubborn insulin will hold fat and diets won’t work. When researchers used a specialized diabetes diet on overweight people all lost weight even those who did not have diabetes.

    Just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

  3. Shari Burns says:

    It won’t do any good to ban the size of sodas people buy.They will just buy 2 sodas if they want to! And you can’t be stopped from buying a second soda. Get a grip New york! You have no right to tell people how much soda a person buys!

  4. Shari Burns says:

    What next? Government will tell us what kind of food we are allowed to buy at the store?

  5. lam says:

    When taxpayers bear the burden of the obesity epidemic, they have a right, perhaps even a mandate, to take action. If you want that much soda, buy two. New York is not attempting to limit how much soda a person buys. They are limiting the size of an individual serving. There is no ban on soda, only a ban on enormous servings.

  6. Sanriobaby =^.^= says:

    I get where his intentions are, but drinking soda in large quantities isn’t illegal and if you’re old enough to purchase it, then you are old enough to know it’s not the healthiest drink for you. The city of NYC would better be served if he focused his energy on providing REAL and healthy school lunches and bringing back daily gym classes to NYC schools. That alone would make a tremendous impact on the health of NY’ers and it would have rippling positive effects in the classroom too. Teaching the kids at a young age that exercise, along with good and healthy food to eat is the best way to fight obesity for future generations.

  7. Melissa says:

    This is ridiculous. The government needs to stay out of it. If they don’t we’re going to be a nation walking around all eating a certain kind of food, wearing the same kind of clothes etc. I don’t know why people think government should have ANY say in stuff like this.

  8. Amanda says:

    Lam, maybe the problem is government involvement in healthcare then. By your logic, the government should be able to try to nudge us towards all kinds of decisions that would healthier for us. That’s not freedom.

  9. NYC Trainers says:

    Good one Bloomberg. No More Soda! …but a venti white chocolate latte from Starbucks is fine. (620 Calories).

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