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New York, NY: New York City Proposes Ban on Big Sugared Soft Drinks

Posted on Thursday, May 31st, 2012 4:58 PM by Scott Jentsch

A favorite activity of grandparents with their grandkids is to "sugar them up and send them home," but they won't be able to do it as easily in New York City if the Mayor gets his way. The Associated Press is reporting that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in restaurants, delis, and movie theaters:

The proposal — expected to be announced formally on Thursday in a City Hall briefing — would take 20-ounce soda bottles off the shelves of the city's delis and eliminate super-sized sugary soft drinks from fast-food menus. It is the latest health effort by the administration to spark accusations that the city's officials are overstepping into matters that should be left in the hands of individual consumers.

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The ban would apply only to drinks that contain more than 25 calories per 8 ounces. It would not apply to diet soda or any other calorie-free drink. Any drink that is at least half milk or milk substitute would be exempted.

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While I'm sure that the Mayor's heart is in the right place, I can't imagine this is going to sit well with multitudes of people on both sides of the cash register. From the perspective of a moviegoer, my experience is that 16-20 ounces of soda is about all I want for a two-hour movie, but I've seen plenty of people with the big cups that must hold a half-gallon or more. Maybe they'll be exempt because along with the big tub of popcorn and cheese nachos, they ordered a Diet Coke to compensate...

What do you think?

Is this a good thing, or is the Mayor sticking his nose where it doesn't belong?

Thanks to reader Ron H. for sending this to us!



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May 31, 2012 - Scott Jentsch VIP Member

Personally, if this forces movie theaters to make their offerings more reasonably-sized, that would be a good thing. I made the mistake of ordering a medium soda at an AMC theater a few months back, and could barely carry the thing! 

Jun 6, 2012 - Ron Higgins VIP Member

Asked about Bloomberg's proposal during an interview with The Associated Press, first lady Michelle Obama said there's no "one-size-fits-all" solution for the country's health challenges. But she said, "We applaud anyone who's stepping up to think about what changes work in their communities. New York is one example."

And asked whether the nation's obesity epidemic warrants taking a more aggressive approach, such as Bloomberg's, she said: "There are people like Mayor Bloomberg who are, and that is perfectly fine."

Mrs. Obama later issued a statement saying that she hadn't intended to weigh in on the Bloomberg plan "one way or the other."

"I was trying to make the point that every community is different and every solution is different and that I applaud local leaders including mayors, business leaders, parents, etc., who are taking this issue seriously and working towards solving this problem."

"But this is not something the administration is pursuing at a federal level and not something I'm specifically endorsing or condemning." 

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