In effort to promote healthy living, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing a ban of sugary drink sales to no more than 16 ounces.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg intends to restrict sales of sugary soft drinks in city restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums and arenas, officials said. The ban will exclude low-calorie drinks like diet soda, fruit juice, and dairy-based drinks and it would not affect sales in supermarkets.
According to Samantha Levine, a mayoral spokeswoman, the Health Department plans to propose the ban as an amendment to the Health Code at a June 12 meeting of the Board of Health.
The Times quoted Bloomberg in an interview, “Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the U.S., public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible.’ New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something. I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do.”
The New York City Beverage Association is fighting back. A spokesman for the group said in a statement, “There they go again. The New York City Health Department’s unhealthy obsession with attacking soft drinks is again pushing them over the top. The city is not going to address the obesity issue by attacking soda because soda is not driving the obesity rates. It’s time for serious health professionals to move on and seek solutions that are going to actually curb obesity.”
New Yorkers are upset over this sugary drink ban because they say it’s going to change their lifestyle.
A cabdriver Morshed Chowbhury, 27-years old, told The Daily News, “He can try, but he can’t stop people from getting what they want. Some days I can’t survive without coffee or big sodas.”
James Estrada, a 41-year-old truck driver told the New York Post that it doesn’t make sense to ban large sizes for everyone. “I’m 6-2, 230 pounds so serving sizes don’t really apply to me. I just know that’s not enough for me. I usually get a large because it’s a good deal and I take long trips. I don’t want to stop every hour for another drink.”
The tricky part of the ban is because the rule will be 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 New York City Council besides the Board of Health before it’s put into effect.
If the ban is approved, it would be the first of its kind in the nation and would take affect in March 2013.