NYC bans big, sugary drinks at restaurants

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW YORK (AP) -- In a first-in-the-nation ruling, New York City is barring restaurants, cafeterias and concessions stands from selling soda and other calorie-rich drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.

The regulation, which was proposed in the spring by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was passed on Thursday by the city's Board of Health after several months of review.

Now, public health experts around the nation -- and the restaurant and soft-drink industry -- will be watching closely to see whether the new restrictions lead to changes in the way New Yorkers eat and drink.

No other U.S. city has tried to fight the obesity epidemic by restricting portion sizes at restaurants. City officials say they were willing to take dramatic action to get the public to see that empty-calorie foods are a menace.

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  • by Anonymous Location: GJ on Sep 14, 2012 at 03:39 PM
    Give it up already. Red states are at the bottom of the list when it comes to individual prosperity and balance sheets. Can't even write poor without quotes as if it's some imaginary issue.
  • by Szabla Location: Location on Sep 14, 2012 at 08:29 AM
    This is another Democrat attack on the "poor". This only affects the poor in New York City. The rich Bloombergians will have and drink all they want.
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