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Bloomberg to ban soft drinks larger than 16oz in New York cinemas, restaurants and sports stadiums. Do you agree?

Ban won't apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based or alcoholic drinks

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

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

'Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, "Oh, this is terrible,"' Mayor Bloomberg said to the NY Times

'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

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
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

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

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. 

 



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2152535/NY-ban-fizzy-drinks...

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Comment by dao on June 13, 2012 at 1:00pm

great idea

Comment by Rochelle worrell on June 6, 2012 at 12:04am
Just like to say to all the skinney ppl who coment to this we are all not made to look like stick some ppl are big cause of other problem such as med he has no right tot ppl eat or drink s*** he sitting there with a dite soda witch does more harm to your body the reg soda im tired of hearing everyone say that we need to get heather when there is so much crap out there that well kill us wht he need to do is take care of the stuff that is more inportin like ppl killing ppl and eating them s*** there going to be more of thise if he start banding food
Comment by Tony Smith on June 5, 2012 at 2:56pm

mayor bloomberg needs to go mind his dam business who the hell is he to tell another human being what to eat or drink. he needs to concern himself with what his family eats and drinks and no one else..what an a******

Comment by Malcolm X on June 1, 2012 at 10:14pm

DIABETES, why you think you all know some one with it. You probably know three or more people with it Read tthe label on your food. If it has something in it you can't pronounce you shouldn't be eating it. I only drink water, coffee and tea. And try to only eat un processed food that grows on farms or in the ocean. No bread or pasta or nothing that man has altered. Been offf diabetes meds for four years now and proved the stupid doctors wrong.

Comment by Malcolm X on June 1, 2012 at 10:06pm

It doesn't bother me. I don't allow sugar  drinks in my house. Not even fruit juice. A glass of pure orange juice has the sugar of about five or six oranges. I'm better off eating two oranges and drinking a glass of water. I have read that rats will turn down cocaine for sugar. And that they put sugar in ciggerettes to keep you addicted.

We have more sugar in our diets in a week than my grandmother had in a year. Read the label on a granola bar, that s*** is poison

Comment by BIG F* on June 1, 2012 at 9:15am

Really!!! First thing first, a person that is obesity and a person that is fat is two different people. Obesity is a disease and fat is not. A person can gain weight from other illness that's going on with them which would most likely make them obesity, but a person can gain weight from just being lazy and eating to much which make them fat. If he really care about people health then that's all good but I think it's more about the health care money that he is really worried about because it cost a lot to treat a person that's obesity. If you pay attention to the story the only word they use is "obesity". There is more better things that he can do to help people that is obesity or fat then to ban 20oz or larger sodas. You have some people that just don't care about they self and you have some people that really want to help they. If he really cared then why don't he start a program for people that's obesity and fat by giving them free passes to the gym so they can get the help they need to lose the weight. You have crack heads all over New York but they didn't ban crack, you got kids popping pain killer pills but they didn't ban them, you have police brutality all over New York but they didn't ban it. Them is just some of the more important things that should be looked at other then a person drinking a 20oz soda. If it's soda that's causing the problem then why only ban the sale of 20oz or larger??? And he say he care!!! Just think, most of the time when people go to the movies they only buy the big drink because they are going to share it if not they don't drink all of it any way. When you do order a 32oz soda you don't get a 32oz soda because it be full of ice. They only sale them sizes to help save money and by him trying to ban them sizes is going to cause people to spend more money by buying two 16oz or cause the movies to lose money by people not buying nothing and bringing they own in the movies. I can't remember the last time I bought a soda or pop corn from the movies because every time I went I always took my own things with me. I have one movie theater that I go to, I always stop by the soul food store and take a whole soul food dinner in the theater with me. I can see now that the bootleg sale is going to go sky high because when you watch movies at home you don't have to worry about s*** like this. You ever heard "you can guide a horse to the water but you can't make it drink"? Well that's what this fall under because he can ban large sodas because that's what he think is the problem but that don't mean the people is going to be more healthier!!!

Comment by H O B on May 31, 2012 at 11:41pm

R u kidding me. Soon he will be trying to prevent me from buying Valentines day candy, and Easter bunnies. He needs to spend more time creating jobs and other special needs programs.

Comment by dm on May 31, 2012 at 8:58pm
I like mayor Bloomberg and voted for him, but this ban is totally stepping over his power and authority. People should have self control, and have the ability to choose for themselves. This reminds me of when Mcdonalds was forced to discontinue "Supersize", because people was getting FAT. Totally oppose the ban.
Comment by Cee Gee on May 31, 2012 at 2:20pm

There is no reason for a Mayor to have that much control over what people drink!  I'm sorry but when is enough going to be enough?  I don't want the government controlling what I drink and how much I drink.  This is ridiculous in my opinion and I hope it fails!

Comment by StokeS on May 31, 2012 at 12:43pm
Brilliant idea. This should be done everywhere. Thumbs up Bloomberg!

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