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. euphewl

    I choose freedom over Bloomberg.

    June 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AZ

    Its human nature when you can acquire you grab it. So if big sized sodas won't be available, people would loose those unwanted binges ..I liked the idea to ban the big size sodas.

    June 1, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darkwiz

      Hate to BUSRT your bubble...but if he bans large sizes then guess what fatties will do next?

      Buy TWO normal sized ones of buy a 2 liter from the store instead. He's have to ban soda all together, and even then you could always just order it shipped to your house.

      June 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Char Brothers

      New York is over stepping on a person’s right to choose. It is absurd to say a soft drink over 16oz is the sole cause of obesity. Next thing New York will make it mandatory to join a gym and exercise. It’s unfortunate but, not all humans have the same metabolism therefore, not all will be thin. I personally think all American Citizens rights are being infringed upon.

      June 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. OregontTom

    Will low calorie lemonades and ice tea still be sold in large sizes? If you have 32oz cups out there some no good rouge will get a traditional pop in there and the world may end.

    June 2, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. OregonTom

    Just realizes you have had the same mayor for twelve years. Are New Yorkers totally brainwashed?

    June 2, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. RobertPeck

    Additional PROPOSALS for NYC:
    1. KFC ... no more that 2 pcs of fried chicken in one box
    2. Dairy Queen, no bigger Strawberry Soda in one cup that 2 oz.
    3. McDoalds ... no more than 2 slices of bread on each burger.
    4. Dunkins Donnuts ... no more than 1/2 dozen donuts in one bag or box.
    5. Theaters ... no more than 6 oz bag if it has butter added to it.
    7. No Frosties bigger then the small 6 oz size.
    8. Subway: no bread longer than 6" (no more footlong bread)
    9. French Fires ... no more than 20 fries in an order/container/bag

    THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT if every idiotic mayor around USA wants some media coverage and comes up with LIMITING the size or calories of the food or vendor he most dislikes .. fine example of idiot in government and how whacky they can be Mayor Bloomberger! God Help NYC. This is same idiot that wanted the Muslim Temple next to Ground Zero.

    Wake up NEW YORKERS ... stop the embarrassment and run this guy out of town ... regain the dignity of the once "Big Apple".

    June 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leila

      That is exactly what's coming down the pike! Why do people not see how scary this precedent is?

      June 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pyramids suck

    We aren't allowed to know the truth about corn and corn derivatives. They have to find a sidewinder way to keep people from eating bad food. I don't think its even food. About like putting rocks in your milk and calling it calcium.

    June 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. aj

    Salt is a huge problem here in the U.S. and in Canada. High sodium causes hypertension, high blood pressure, and heart attacks. It's just as bad as too much sugar.

    At the very least there needs to be more regulation to allow the consumer to choose how much salt they want in their food.

    June 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kurlymon

      WRONG!! Study the subject a little before you comment. Salt aka sodium does NOT cause hypertension, it was only proven the reducing sodium can help lower it if you already have it, later found to be due to a sodium and potassium imbalance, increasing potassium has the same effect as reducing sodium.

      June 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. robjh1

    Why do we have laws? Because people don't know how to behave without out. Why do we have bans might be the same reason.

    June 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darkwiz

      ...and stopping store chains from selling sizes of drinks is going to shop lazy people from getting their drinks? NOPE. That in effects make the law pointless...much like there are still laws about horse and carriage on city roads OUTSIDE of New York few people have them it's irrelevant.

      June 3, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. someone you dont know...

    i think this is bad and new yorkers have to go against it.

    June 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Leila

    This is just the wrong approach. Prohibition of anything always backfires. Moreover, what of free enterprise and lasseiz faire? What will be next? Do Americans need their government to be a father figure? Soon Americans will be so helpless, they will want the government to school them n every aspect of life, which they already do to a large extent.

    June 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. someone

    Whats next?? though crimes....the government must be skimming the pages of 1984. the docile humans we have all become the Shepard will lead you to the slaughter.

    June 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sergio Orrego

    This goes against what this contry stands for which is freedom to make choices. This is a disappointing initiative. This is not going to make people loose calories. the NY authories should be smarter than this. This is the wrong approach to obesity. How about programs to educate people on how to take care of themselves and eat healthy. Dont go the easy way Mr. Major Bloomberg.

    June 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 6, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Evangellina Marquez

    I do not agree with the government mandating/limiting New Yorkers on specific Foods or Beverages as a way of solving the obesity problem. It really is about educating consumers/parents, creating a healthy balance by exercising, staying active, making informed choices, and enjoying what we eat and drink.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
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