NYC Passes Super-Sized Soda Ban
In an unprecedented move, the New York City Board of Health overwhelmingly passed a ban that prohibits the sale of sodas and other sugary beverages sold in sizes larger than 16 ounces in all schools, restaurants, concession stands and any public venue.
Grocery stores and convenience stores are still able to sell all sizes of any beverage and diet sodas are unaffected by the new law.
The board passed the ban with an 8-0 vote, making NYC the new model that state and city health authorities may take to help curb obesity. According to Mayor Bloomberg on Twitter, the ban is “the single biggest step any gov’t has taken to curb #obesity. It will help save lives.”
It was reported that Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said the measure was likely to be copied elsewhere in the nation – and even the world – as were the city’s restrictions on trans fats and smoking. According to reports, Farley recently said if the law results in “shrinking only one sugary drink per person every two weeks from 20 ounces to 16 ounces, New Yorkers could collectively prevent 2.3 million pounds gained per year. This would slow the obesity epidemic and prevent much needless illness.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nonprofit consumer nutrition watchdog group, issued a statement saying: “It is the responsibility of city and state health departments to prevent disease. And to make a dent in expensive and debilitating conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems, it makes perfect sense to act to discourage and reduce soda consumption. Soda and other sugary drinks are the single biggest source of calories in the American diet and provide nothing of value, only empty calories from high fructose corn syrup or other sugars and a bunch of other questionable chemicals.”
The research is pretty conclusive that for most average adults (excluding teens), drinking sugary beverages increases your risk for being overweight. However, so does eating and drinking a lot of other foods and beverages so is this the first of many similar laws to go in to effect? Are restaurant foods next as data are even stronger showing that eating out significantly boosts your risk for being too plump.
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