Moving forward in their war against unhealthy foods, the city of New York – meaning Mayor Bloomberg and his crew – have proposed a ban on large sugary drinks.Made public just a few short days ago, the bill is still in its planning stages and is the administration’s latest plan in the fight against rising obesity rates. This news comes after team Bloomberg has worked to lower smoking, trans fats, and restaurant calories on menus – an all-out war against all that is unhealthy.
The proposed soda ban, if passed into action, will call for sugary drinks to have a size limit, with the maximum being 16 ounces. This will include juices with less than 70 percent real juice, sweetened teas, and coffee drinks, such as lattes or cappuccinos that are made of less than half milk. Diet sodas, unsweetened teas, and regular coffee will still come in the larger serving options.
In order to become law, the bill must be passed by New York City’s health department, which requires a voting system. If passed, New Yorkers could see smaller sodas and drinks in their stores this upcoming spring.
What Does This Mean?
For New Yorkers, at least for the time being, it looks as though their administrators are going out of their way to ensure its citizens health – especially when it comes to obesity and diabetes, two of the fastest growing (and preventable) diseases in the country. Coming in as the biggest city in the United States, and the fourth most populous in the world, it’s only a matter of time before others begin to follow suit.
Several New Yorkers have been quoted saying the ban will only increase the amount of plastics and Styrofoam that they use, requiring them to purchase two sodas or sugary drinks to make up for volume. However, it’s hard to argue with the logic that, over time, the public’s intake of soda will be reduced, just by the size of available containers. Those buying a bigger soda to get a deal will be thwarted, and many will tire of the hassle of purchasing and carrying two drinks.
However, only the NYC Health Department can decide this ban’s future. The group is set to make their decision later this year.
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