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NYC Mayor Proposes Ban On Jumbo Sugary Drinks

05/31/12

  10:16:02 am, by MedBen5   , 238 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Wellness

NYC Mayor Proposes Ban On Jumbo Sugary Drinks

In the ongoing battle against obesity, the Big Apple wants to take away your Big Gulp.

The Wall Street Journal reports that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed an amendment to the city health code that would prohibit the sales of sugary drinks in cups or container larger than 16 fluid ounces. The ban would apply to restaurants, mobile food carts, delis and concessions at movie theaters, stadiums and arenas in the five boroughs, aides to the mayor said.

According to the article, “a sugary drink is defined as any beverage sweetened with sugar or another caloric sweetener that contains more than 25 calories per 8 fluid ounces and contains less than 51% milk or milk substitute by volume as an ingredient.” By that definition, a diet soda, a milk shake or sweetened latte larger than 16 ounces wouldn’t be banned.

In defending the proposed ban, the administration noted that more than half of NYC adults are obese or overweight, as are 40% of city public-school students in eighth grade or below. And the single largest driver, they claim, is sugary drinks.

Needless to say, the proposal did not sit well with the New York City Beverage Association. “The city is not going to address the obesity issue by attacking soda because soda is not driving the obesity rates,” said Stefan Friedman. He cited federal data that shows people take in less calories from sugar-sweetened beverages than they did in previous years.

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