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. TruthSeamstress

    Here comes those pesky liberals again. Inane, not to be confused with insane, although liberalism is best defined as both inane and insane, an incurable mental disorder.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Otto Rank Sr.


    May 31, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. John Jurac

    Bloomberg has a "communistic" view and that is a disgrace to the American society. Will I have a limit as to how many drinks I can purchase also? My 44 ounce drink lasts me several hours, and I usually have a donut with it. Am I allowed to have a donut? Does that contribute to obesity? Actually, I don't drink soft drinks and I don't snack on sugary delights, but it is MY perogative to do so. From an economic viewpoint, however, the sales will obviously increase to accomodate for the volume that people are used to having. Bloomberg is insulting Americans with this ridiculous idea. I didn't get the memo, but am I now in pre WW2 Russia?

    May 31, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Willis

      When you elect a man who 20 years ago would instantly fire any employee he personally caught smoking outside on or near the sidewalk of his big office building, this is what you get. Keep electing this stuff. Fun isn't it? Enjoy your freedoms.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Willis

    Enjoy this New Yorkers. Oddly enough most of you want this. I actually enjoy being a blue transplant now living in a red state. Let's meet up in 5 years and share notes, and see in which class room you'd rather remain.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. MaximusM

    Unreal! Banning a big sugary drink? How about EDUCATING people about how to eat and how to be healthy. There are morons who know how their cars work and how to fix everything but have no clue about the human body. Now you government taking candies away. Great move. Stupidity rules and that's why diseases run rampant. Does anyone have any clue what the optimal body PH is? Does anyone have any clue why diabetes exist, or hypoglycemia? Of course not. because it's easier to keep big pharma in business when problems arise. Take a couple of pill and you'll feel better, for a bit. Wake up people. It takes smarts, education, to eradicate these problems. Not government taking away choices. The choices are yours to make. Live like a moron, die like a moron.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • mpayne12

      The biggest problem is its cheap to eat unhealthy food and expensive to eat a healthy balanced diet. It should be the other way around. I don't think many people in America are unaware of what's bad for them, they just go the cheap unhealthy route because they don't see the negative effects immediately. Kind of like smoking its all good and you don't care until one day you find out you have lung cancer.. opps.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. bea

    Go ahead and take my 16 oz. away. I'll just drink 2 eight ounce.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. ShinerKing

    Instead of buying one 44 oz. drink poele will buy three 16 oz. drinks. So, nothnig will change?

    May 31, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • duh

      your math is wrong. 16 x 3 does not equal 44

      May 31, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. LOL

    All the while alcohol is still legal and it's consumption is encouraged.. Someone please queue the crickets.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. mpayne12

    This is stupid. It wont stop obese people, what they should do is tax the hell out of soda and other extremely bad foods and drinks and reallocate that money to hospitals as they deal with the obesity epidemic. I like soda but i moderate and just have a can of soda a week, I'd be fine paying tax on that as after all its still bad for me. If it costs $5 for a can of coke eventually it will become too expensive for consumers to over consume and they will have to find a healthier alternative. Its a method that has worked well against cigarettes why not bad food/drink.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      I got a better idea. Let's try universal health-care and make being healthy a basic human right.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mrs. Katz

    What's next to ban? Delicious cheese blintzes???

    May 31, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. PandoraDoggl

    The real solution to the obesity problem starts with eliminating agricultural subsidies.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. usa john

    this is what we need , another millionaire politician telling us ITS BAD FOR YA!....

    May 31, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jackblob

    The American diet is frightening. It's not just the fast food places, it's whenever you go see a movie. If you frequent both, you might as well get put on a death watch. Is it any wonder Americans are the fattest people on the planet with all the associated health problems?

    May 31, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • usa john

      you never been to samoa, or tonga

      May 31, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      We'd be a lot healthier as a whole if we would adopt universal health-care.. A little maintenance can go a long way to prevent serious illness that really costs the taxpayers.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. eric

    American are very smart and also very dump..

    May 31, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      I love the irony.

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

    As a health and fitness professional I applaud this effort. While i do agree that the government has no business telling people what they can and cannot do in regards to their own personal health I do believe it is their responsibility to make the public aware of what contributes to the plethora of chronic illnesses derived from obesity. If you honestly think that it's perfectly alright to consume what is meant to be a treat as if it were a means by which to satiate your bodies fluid needs, than you have far bigger problems than simply being fat. High fructose corn syrup and any and all :food items" containing any ingredients that aren't immediately recognized as food are the reasons America is fat, it has almost nothing to do with our level of exercise, it is our diet and people need to wake up to this fact. No corporation has your best interests at heart, they have your wallets in mind.

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