NYC Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Ban on Large-Sized Sugary Drinks

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 31, 2012

As I posted on TLT’s Facebook page last night, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making big headlines this morning with a proposed city ban on most sugary beverages sold in containers larger than 16 ounces.  The move would affect restaurants, ball parks, movie theaters, street vendors and other establishments regulated by the city’s health department.

Details here.  For my take, stay tuned.

In related news, FDA has rejected a request by the Corn Refiners Association to rename high fructose corn syrup the more innocuous-sounding “corn sugar.”  More on that development from Marion Nestle at Food Politics.

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Rivenfae Wolf May 31, 2012 at 10:31 am

Well I read this to my boyfriend, and he commented and I agree. That even if the mayor does this people will just buy multiple drinks instead. It won’t really change anything in reference to how much a person intakes of it… if they just buy more of it.

What they need to do is show people that drinking things that have less.. or no sugars in them is better for them. Or even to drink things with natural sweeteners in them.

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mommm!!! June 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I agree. Sure, I think that our proportions have become a little big across the board. But I think this approach is a little skewed. I think that sweeteners need to be looked at rather than inhibiting an adult choice. I think that the intention is good, but I think it went the wrong way.
In Utah, you can buy beer, but the alcohol content is much lower than what you would get in a regular beer bought in a state that didn’t mandate the alcohol level allowed to be sold in that state. Why can’t states do the same thing with sweeteners? Especially highly processed ones? So, instead of banning a drink size, control how much processed sweeteners, like hfcs, can be in those beverages.

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Shelby May 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Our overlord, Grandma Bloomberg continues knitting the nanny state wet blanket. Rock on Bloomberg, rock on you irrelevant old hen.

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Melanie June 1, 2012 at 5:20 am

Residents of New York City are fat. About half are obese. It is good for the food police to come down on them for being visually unappealing gluttons.

In the perfect food police state we will all be treated like school children should be treated. We will be told when, what, where and precisely how much we will eat. Our decisions will be made for us, individual preference will not be tolerated. Heh, whatta ya wanna bet we will all still be fat and lazy…and now helpless too?

How does Gloomberg know it’s soda pop causing all the obesity? Is he making a guarantee his ban will slim New Yorkers within, say, 18 months? 24 months? Will he even be measuring results to the collective Gotham City waistline? Stupid bureaucrats meddling in things they know nothing about. “Well, it might help, maybe” — that’s the new definition of public health.

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Bettina Elias Siegel June 1, 2012 at 8:22 am

Actually, I’m quite sure that the city’s “collective waistline” is being measured and the results of this move will be pored over with great interest. I read somewhere that CDC has already credited Bloomberg’s somewhat controversial anti-soda ad campaign (which likened drinking soda to eating fat, or showing people sucking down packets of sugar) with a modest drop in obesity in the city.

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Lisa June 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

Excellent analysis. I agree with all you have said. I love the idea of warning labels on high sugar beverages, starbucks included.

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