Bloomberg Seeks To Ban 'Big Gulp' Sizes of Soda

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Wednesday at City Hall in a news conference, Mayor Bloomberg announced his plans to ban sugar-bearing beverages--including sports drinks, sodas, and energy drinks--over 16 ounces. This ban, which won't go into effect until March, must first be approved by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, whose sign-off is considered inevitable--because the mayor appoints all members of the organization's board.

Said the mayor, "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 ban on over-16-ounce beverages would not extend to grocery stores or restaurants, nor would it include diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages.

Predictably, the beverage industry was quick to respond: "The New York City health department's unhealthy obsession with attacking soft drinks is again pushing them over the top," the industry spokesman, Stefan Friedman, said. "It's time for serious health professionals to move on and seek solutions that are going to actually curb obesity."

[NY Times via CNBC]


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Drabbler
Drabbler

Wait a minute there.  I've seen a lot of articles on this subject using Big Gulps to demonstrate what's being banned.  But convenience stores (like 7-11) are exempt from this ban, so the drinks being shown would still be available.  On the other hand, coffee places would be forced to limit many of their drinks to cups no larger than half of the smaller one above.

Jason Melillo
Jason Melillo

This is a joke. Not just because of the ban on large beverages, which is ridiculous on its own, but because all of the sugar in fruit juice (which is a lot) and all of the aspartame you can handle are still perfectly fine. 

Johnny Deep
Johnny Deep

I mean yeah, "Big Government Bad" and all.....but I'm totally on board here. We need to do something. That crap is just really bad for you. I know he'll take heat for it, people are mighty pissed, but in the long run....its just good for everyone.

Emmett__Brown
Emmett__Brown

You know what else is potentially bad for people? Red meat. Booze. Staying up past 2. Promiscuous sex.  Sedentary jobs. Choices in every facet of private life.

Just because the government may be obligated to pay for some people's healthcare does not give them a justifiable backdoor into engineering every aspect of personal choice and preference. That's not a good road.

Johnny Deep
Johnny Deep

Yeah no I know what you're saying. It's a slippery slope. He's not even banning a lot of things that are just as bad (drinks-wise).There's a lot here I don't like. But I also think it's some kind of positive step too. Hard line to walk I guess...In a few years I bet we don't even give a shit. Well, I take that back -- it'll be a week. This is 2012. So, what's next to get pissed at??

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