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Ban won't apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based or alcoholic drinks
According to the New York City Health Department, more than half of adult New Yorkers are overweight (34 per cent) or obese (22 per cent).
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's new ban on large sodas just might be hard to swallow.
If Hizzoner has his way, any soft drink over 16 ounces (1 pint) will be outlawed across the city by March 2013.
The three-term Mayor believes that banning the bubbles will combat obesity, diabetes, and other health problems plaguing the people of the Big Apple.
But the move is likely to provoke accusations the mayor is imposing a 'nanny state' on New Yorkers.
What's allowed: The ban will allow New Yorkers to still order 8oz cans (left), 12oz bottles (center left), 16oz bottles (center right), but not 20oz bottles (right) in restaurants, sports stadiums and movie theaters
'New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something.'
Mayor Bloomberg, who was the driving force behind the city's calorie counting and anti-smoking campaigns, hopes to implement the ban soon.
His close attention to health issues has earned him the nickname 'Nanny Bloomberg.'
It will affect everything from 7-Eleven Big Gulps to Starbucks Ventis, leaving a bad taste in some residents' mouths.
'If people want to drink 24 ounces, it’s their decision,' said Zara Atal, 20, a college student from the Upper East Side to the New York Times.
The proposed limit, 16 oz, is the equivalent to one pint, but it will not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks or alcoholic beverages.
Think Before You Drink: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, pictured with his daughter Georgina, right, and a Diet Coke, left
It also would not affect beverages sold in grocery or convenience stores.
Still, the NYC Beverage Association balked at Mr Bloomberg's idea.
'There they go again. The New York City Health Department's unhealthy obsession with attacking soft drinks is again pushing them over the top,' spokesperson Stefan Friedman said.
'The city is not going to address the obesity issue by attacking soda, because soda is not driving the obesity rates. The overall American diet is,' they said in a statement to CBS.
A number of New Yorkers are also upset by the ban, saying that it is a change that will dramatically effect their lifestyle.
Just the Sip: The ban will affect everything from 7-Eleven Big Gulps to Starbucks Ventis, leaving a bad taste in some resident's mouths
'He can try, but he can’t stop people from getting what they want,' cabdriver Morshed Chowbhury, 27, told The Daily News.
'Some days I can’t survive without coffee or big sodas.'
Nanny: Mr Bloomberg has been criticized for banning bad foods like a protective nanny
The Mayor admitted he occasionally sips a diet soda on a hot day, but argues that there won't be any laws restricting the amount of small sodas one can purchase.
'Your argument, I guess, could be that it’s a little less convenient to have to carry two 16-ounce drinks to your seat in the movie theater rather than one 32 ounce,' he said.
'I don’t think you can make the case that we’re taking things away.'
Some who plan to bypass the rules feel it will simply be a matter of buying more.
'If I can buy one drink, I'll buy two smaller ones,' Helen O'Connor, 40, told The Daily News.
'He's going overboard,' she said.
Before the proposal can curb New Yorkers' thirst, the Board of Health must approve it. Experts believe approval is all but confirmed, considering that all the members were appointed by Mayor Bloomberg.
This is not the first round in the fight against sugary drinks: Mr Bloomberg first asked for legislators in the state capitol to put an additional tax on soda, which was rebuked.
He then lobbied federal lawmakers to ban food stamp recipients from buying sugar-filled drinks with their money, which also failed to stick.
Because the rule will come in the form of an amendment to the city's health code and not a law, it will not have to be approved by the City Council or any governing body aside from the Board of Health before it is put into effect.