In a mission to make New Yorkers more healthy, Mayor Bloomberg is planning a ban of sodas and sugary drinks across the city. Soda, iced teas, and sports drinks that are over 16 ounces may soon disappear from the shelves of movie theaters, food carts, delis, restaurants, and sports arenas. As part of a plea to get citizens to join the fight against obesity, while his plan bans the monstrous sizes of these sweet drinks, their smaller-bottle counterparts will still remain in reach. So is Mayor Bloomberg’s removal of large, calorie-packed drinks a good idea, or is he going to far? What do you think? Take our poll after the break.
The city health code amendment would prevent the sale of large-portioned sugary drinks by many consumer-heavy retailers and restaurants. Each of the drinks will receive a Health Department-sanctioned letter grade and be categorized accordingly. Diet sodas, drinks with fewer than 25 calories a serving or 70 percent fruit or vegetable juice, alcohol, and dairy drinks will not be affected in the proposed ban — although many of them carry health risks as well.
The plan could take effect as early as March of next year, and doesn’t need City Council approval for action. Bloomberg’s proposal has been met with mixed reviews. Obvious flaws such as the fact that it does not preventing a person from buying two 16-ounce sodas remain an issue. And convenience stores like 7-11, which are not considered delis, will not be affected and will be allowed to sell as they please.
Once the plan is approved, the businesses affected will have nine months to remove the sugary drinks before risking $200 fines. The mayor has already enacted a ban on trans fats, required calorie counts to visibly available, and he has banned smoking in many public places — each as a step towards a healthier New York City.
Via DNA Info