New York Mayor Calls for Restrictions on Sugary Soft Drinks
Goodbye, Big Gulps. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling for a ban on large-sized sugary beverages from most dining establishments. The new measure would prohibit New York City delis, movie theaters, sidewalk food carts, stadiums and restaurants from selling cups or bottles containing more than 16 fluid ounces of sweetened drinks, the New York Timesreports. The ban does not include diet sodas, fruit juices, alcohol, or dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, but applies to energy drinks and pre-sweetened iced tea. Drinks with fewer than 25 calories per 8-ounce serving, like zero-calorie Vitamin Water, are also an exception.
Bloomberg’s proposal is the first of its kind in the U.S., but not the first aggressive stance he’s taken on obesity. The mayor has already cracked-down on trans fats, banned smoking in restaurants and public parks, forced restaurants to display health department letter grades in the windows of food establishments and list calorie counts next…
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