NYC’s mayor wants to ban super-sized sodas at restaurants

7 Jun

 

Buy American Sodas like Coca Cola Cherry online at Moo-Lolly-Bar AustraliaHe’s been on a crusade to fight obesity for a while now, but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s current proposal has caused a bit of an uproar.

The latest idea he is championing is an unprecedented ban on ‘supersized servings’ of sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, delis, sports arenas and movie theatres. Instead this pioneering piece of legislation, should it go through, would limit the serving size of bottled sugary drinks, as well as soda fountains sold in New York to 16 ounces. A serving that is considered small at many fast-food joints.

Whilst some health officials have welcomed the proposal, others have strongly rejected it. Not least The New York City Beverage Association which has accused city officials of trying to create a ‘nanny state’ as well as denying New Yorkers of the right to decide for themselves. The soft drink giant Coca Cola also registered their disapproval by saying:

‘The people of New York City are much smarter than the New York City Health Department believes….New Yorkers expect and deserve better than this. They can make their own choices about the beverages they purchase’.

Bloomberg however refutes this by saying people would still be free to order as many soft drinks as they like. He also firmly believes restricting servings to 16 ounces each could help curb consumption, arguing that:

‘You tend to eat all of the food in the container. If it’s bigger, you eat more. If somebody put a smaller glass or plate or bowl in front of you, you would eat less’.

The ban, which could come in to effect as soon as March 2013, would only apply to sweetened drinks over 16 ounces that contain more than 25 calories per 8 ounces. It is not expected to affect diet soda or any drink that’s at least 70% juice, or at least half milk or milk substitute. It would also not apply to sodas sold in outlets like supermarkets or convenience stores. Businesses who do not comply would face fines of approximately $200 per failed inspection.

Bloomberg estimated that obesity-related illnesses in New York City costs the taxpayer around $4 billion a year. In confirming the proposal, he cited research linking sugary drinks to rising rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

‘The percentage of the population that is obese is skyrocketing’. Bloomberg said Thursday on MSNBC.

‘We’ve got to do something’.

 

What is your take on the proposal? Are you for or against it? Let us know by posting a comment.

 

Article posted by Spencer Samaroo, Managing Director, Moo-Lolly-Bar

 

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