May 31st, 2012
07:35 AM ET

New York mayor wants big sugary drinks banned

If New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his way, you won't be gulping down any 44-ounce Cokes at any of the Big Apple's eateries after March 2013.

Citing what he says is the contribution sugary beverages make to obesity in the U.S., Bloomberg says the buck, and the big Dr. Pepper, stops with him.

“Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible.’ New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something. I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do,” Bloomberg told The New York Times.

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His proposal would ban any the sale of any sugary beverage over 16 ounces in any of the city's restaurants, delis, movie theaters or even street carts, according to reports from New York.

Sales of sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces would still be permitted in supermarkets and convenience stores, according to the reports, including one from CNN affiliate NY1.

Bloomberg's ban would not apply to diet drinks, juices, milkshakes or alcohol, according to the NY1 report.

The New York City Beverage Association responded quickly Wednesday.

“There they go again. The New York City Health Department’s unhealthy obsession with attacking soft drinks is again pushing them over the top. The city is not going to address the obesity issue by attacking soda because soda is not driving the obesity rates. It’s time for serious health professionals to move on and seek solutions that are going to actually curb obesity,” the group said in a statement, according to NY1.

According to the Times report, more than half of New York's adults are obese or overweight, and the city says more than 30% of its citizens drink at least one sweetened beverage daily.

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James Estrada, a 41-year-old truck driver from Queens, New York told the New York Post that it doesn't make sense to just ban large sizes for everyone.

“I’m 6-2, 230 pounds so . . . serving sizes don’t really apply to me,” Estrada told the Post. “I just know that’s not enough for me. I usually get a large because it’s a good deal and I take long trips. I don’t want to stop every hour for another drink.”

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If Bloomberg's plan goes through, there's still a way to drown yourself in Pepsi. The Times says while fast-food restaurants could only give out cups holding 16 ounces or less, free refills are allowed. So just plan for more trips to the soda bar.

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  1. honest john

    I thought liberals were all about freedom. You know when you start putting out laws like this, you don't really look like you like freedom anymore. Just saying people should be able to make their own choices and deal with the consequences.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. jake

    Boomberg is a Democrat or Republican depending on what's available to run for. No core values, just a ego driven small man who thinks his billions make him king.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nancy

    No excessive booze ban? As dangerous (or more) as obesity to folks and society. Of course we wouldn't think of limiting intake of the holy hooch.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. The Goodfella

    While it's true that obesity and poor food choices are epidemic in this country, I feel the government should stay out of our private lives, They should only be concerned with food safety. Who knows what's next- maybe no burgers over 4 oz., or surgary coffee drinks?

    May 31, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mrs. Katz

    How many delicious, thick, exquisitely marbled, rib-eye steaks with melted butter does Bloomberg consume each week?

    May 31, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Libs Are A Disease

    Another example of liberal fascism. They will not stop until the world becomes 1984 and they control everything we do. This is sick!

    May 31, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    Pretty sure this violates the very foundation of America, this is a ridiculous attempt to tell us what to do.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. go lift a weight

    Here's a thought, why don't people workout or go for a jog, that would be way more beneficial in helping reduce obesity than placing a ban on a certain size drink. Do people truly think that just because a certain size drink won't stop a person from consuming just as much soda...

    May 31, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Snowyowl

      Go read the hundreds of epidemiological studies showing that a diet heavy on super-sized, sugar-laden drinks and junk foods is a leading cause of diabetes and related heart disease, costing US taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars in health care expenses, as well as lost productivity and purchasing power. Regulating such drinks and foods should be a no-brainer for everyone– brainless conservatives excepted, of course.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. Snowyowl

    No doubt this plan will be viciously attacked by conservatives, who can only maintain power by keeping voters fat and stupid.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. beer me please!

    As long as this doesn't apply to alcohol. I mean, why would you drink 44 oz of coke when you can drink 44 oz of Jack & coke?

    May 31, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mickey

    Enough of "big brother"! Smoking bans, sugar constraints, what's next prohibition again? (And this is coming from a non-smoker and non-sugar consumer.)
    No need to create yet another asinine law, forbidding American’s their liberty. NOT everyone that drinks a 64-ounce soda is obese.
    This law would achieve NOTHING, except for the possibly of encouraging more sales for Coke and Pepsi. People are NOT going to drink less soda because the size changes, they will just purchase TWO instead of ONE.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. hisarrow

    We need government to intrude into every area of our life; even what size drink container we can buy. I'm sure we can all make a 10 page list of other things that need to be banned. Who needs freedom of choice? Stupid sheep of NYC get what they deserve.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. Shannon

    Nobody was whinning about the government interfering when they started to ban smoking or raising the cigarette tax, but don't take away fatty's 64 ounce soda or there will be hell to pay! We don't mind the government messing with lives – as long as it doesn't effect our lives.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mrs. Katz

    Boobberg.............

    May 31, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rojo

    Let's also ban sales of chocolate.

    While the idea of helping people make healthier choices is a good one, the key is that people still should have CHOICES. If I choose to drink a giant soda, that doesn't mean I'm unhealthy. For all anyone knows, I'm a marathon runner who drinks giant sodas. And I am.

    This whole concept is ridiculous. I think we do too much regulation, and it dumbs down the gene pool.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • J

      How about getting rid of energy drinks and coffee too. I think it's bad for you heart to get pumped up like that. There is also too much natural sugar in fruit. I think only veggies now for the kids at school. Don't even think about getting ice cream.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
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