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It's official, the New York Board of Health has approved the ban on large sodas and sugary drinks. This means that food establishments will not be allowed to sell sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. This ban will affect restaurants, mobile food carts, delis, and concession stands. Gone are the days of buying an oversized soda while at the movie theatre! The ban won't officially go into effect until March of 2013. This will give restaurants time to prepare and make updates to their menus. The ban will not affect grocery stores, so there is a loophole for New Yorkers who need more than a 16 ounce soda fix.
We first heard about the proposed ban last spring. It of course sparked a lot of controversy then, and it continues to divide people now that it has been approved. Check out the full article covering the New York soda ban here.
So while there are many that criticize the ban, some are supportive of Mayor Bloomberg's move against obesity. In a press release issued on September 13, 20012, Mayor Bloomberg announced that the New Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, decided to voluntarily adopt the city's sugary beverage ban immediately. They are the first major venue in the city to comply.
Do you think the ban is helpful in the fight against obesity?
What would you do if the mayor of your city banned large sodas?