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Speak Out: Is a Soda Ban for Our Own Good?

The mayor of New York declares war on sugary soft drinks.

The same New York mayor who has cracked down on smoking and trans fats is now proposing to outlaw the sale of large-size sugary drinks by restaurants, street vendors and movie theaters, The New York Times reported.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's aggressive campaign against obesity has led him to the city's soda fountains in what would be an unprecedented restriction on residents' ready access to soft drinks laden with sugar.

Bloomberg's proposal is likely to be approved and could take effect as early as March, the article said.

“New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something,” Bloomberg was quoted as saying. “I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do.”

The proposal would ban the sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces. Diet drinks, dairy drinks, fruit juices and alcoholic beverages would not be affected. Sugared drinks would still be sold in grocery stores.

Beverage industry officials have spoken out against the plan.

Let us know in our poll what you think about New York Mayor Bloomberg's proposed restriction on soft drink sales. Is this the beginning of a trend?

Rsatteson June 03, 2012 at 01:47 AM
No, it is not fixing the problem, it is a feel good measure. The real issue needs to be addressed. Healthy foods and beverages cost too much. Processed microwavable convenience foods are cheaper and easier to prepare. People with low incomes and on subsidies have to purchase these foods just to stretch their money to cover the whole pay check. These foods are high in sodium, fats and calories but cheap to purchase. People who are struggling to survive have higher stress and anxiety levels which cause excessive cortisol production which causes weight gain. Soda and fruit juices contain almost the same level of sugar...look out apple juice will be illegal soon!

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