Obesity has been a growing concern here in the United States for a number of years, and there may not be one main cause for it but rather several different effects that lead to obesity. New York City board of health has decided to take action and focus on one particular issue they believe has had the most direct effect to individuals becoming over weight.
The board voted late last week to approve New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s strict limit on the sales of large sugary drinks to try and decrease the high obesity rate in New York. This is the first ban of this kind in the country and it may become a snowball effect for other cities to follow suit depending on what the outcome of the ban looks like in New York over time.
“This is the single biggest step any city, I think has ever taken to curb obesity, and it’s certainly not the last step that lots of cities are going to take, and we [New York City health board] believe that it will help save lives.” Bloomberg said in a statement.
An interesting but very concerning stat that may have led to the decisions on the new sugary drinks ban, is that over half of adult New Yorkers are obese or overweight, according to the city’s health department. That stat alone should be an alarming sign that things need to change in the city, but is it the food and drinks around the city that are causing obesity or rather a person’s lifestyle?
Whatever the case may be the current sugary drinks ban will certainly shake up the city in either a positive or negative way. When it comes down to the businesses where the ban will take effect not every place that sells sugary drinks will be affected by the rule, only establishments that receive inspection grades from the health department, will be subject to the rules according to NYTIMES. With a selected amount of businesses soon to be affected by the ban reactions from New Yorkers are anything but positive.
“We’re smart enough to make our own decisions about what to eat and drink, the ban goes against the wishes of a majority of New Yorkers and we will not let that fact go unnoticed.” spokesman for New Yorkers for Beverage Choices Eliot Hoff said in a statement.
Hoff also went on to mention that with the passing of this ban, the New York City board of health has shown no regard for public opinion or the consequences to businesses in the city. Hoff might be correct in his statement due to the fact that over 60 percent of New Yorker’s believe the ban is a bad idea. The ban will officially take affect beginning on March 12, 2013 which bans the sale of sweetened drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces according to Wall Street Journal.