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. Jeff

    Another in the long list of reasons not to live in a place like that. Just what we need. Government telling us how to live. What would we ever do without them?

    May 31, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      This is what Democrats get when they vote for Democrats. They are the party of we will tell you what you can and cannot have.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Walter

    Ah yes, Father Bloomberg knows best. Just another step in the government telling us what we can and cannot do. Gotta love those laughable libs who continue to want more and more and more government intervention in our lives.

    May 31, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      By libs you mean the Republican and Independent mayor of NYC?

      May 31, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Aim

      Says the wingnut jerk who will turn this into yet another opportunity to denounce liberals. Says the wingnut jerk who venerates the party that tries to tell us what to do in our own bedrooms.

      May 31, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hear Ye

    Laughable NY!! The fatties will just as for a double. Amerika the fat.

    May 31, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ray Smith

    Well, now I know how to become an instant millionaire – -start a couple of illegal "speak easies"in Manhattan and serve up Coke, Pepsi and malts in 64 ounce or LARGER containers. "Big Brother Bloomgberg' can't cover it all.

    May 31, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobington

      I'll be selling soda by the gallon. WHAT!

      May 31, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Captain Barfbag

    Keep your nanny-state ideas to yourself, Mr. Mayor. If you want to cut down on fat, start with government at every level.

    May 31, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. gager

    Government is out of control. They are incompetent and inefficient yet they think they know best.

    May 31, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    "Land of the free" and our government bans us from consuming big sodas? Right because I can't handle that decision – they know better... Yikes.

    May 31, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. doppler

    All hail King Bloomberger! What an dairy air! Happy now Libs?

    May 31, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Proud American

      Libs? Maybe you don't know this, but Emperor Bloombucks is a Republican.

      May 31, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. N&W 1000

    Bloomberg is a moron.

    May 31, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. gager

    I don't drink sugary drinks and I stay away from fruit juice. Fruit juice is very unhealthy but I would never propose a law against these things. Freedom is more than a word.

    May 31, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. mac3333

    I would never go to NYC. YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS!!! The police can search and detain @ will. You cant smoke, use trans fats and now you wont be able to enjoy a large soda because Furher Bloomberg rules with an iron fist. You know what is legal in NYC? Stealing your money. As long as your a big investment firm / bank. That's all kosher and Fuhrer Bloomberg even encourages such behavior. What a joke that city is.

    May 31, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. mabear87

    Do something smart. Ban Trump and the other moronic NY Republican extremists like Peter King. Without them, the world would be a much better place. The anti government idiots should be first. They are the poorly educated, and they are the poor that the government wants to help. Yet they complain about too much government and vote for the people who only support the very rich. Anyone who makes less than 150K per year is voting to continue to be poor and kept in their place. Romney will not create one job other than those for the people he might hire for the White House staff, if, God forbid, he is elected to establish a monarchy.

    May 31, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • gooscientist

      Bloomberg has been a registered Republican a registered Democrat and now an Independent. He has no party affiliation claiming he is a republican is a joke since he does far from support the republican agenda.

      May 31, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dale Earnliver

    Might as well make murder illegal, it won't

    May 31, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Gary

    Again, not addressing the real problem.
    Look at the corn syrup correlation used in soda drinks, look at when it began. Sorry but we drank soda a lot in the 80s and there was not obesity problem... We also ate lots of fast food and played plenty of Atari. Lord knows I ate a lot of McDonalds and BK and stuff. No obesity issue. And this is when Gym was a joke in HighSchool...

    May 31, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      We drank a lot of soda in the 80s but not SUPER BIG GULP sodas...

      May 31, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |

    How about an effective ad campaign to inform people of the adverse effects of sugary drinks? Let people make the decision to purchase beverages by themselves.

    May 31, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
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