NYC plans first-ever ban on the sale of large, sugary drinks due to health concerns

Sugar-laden drinks have been getting a lot of attention from health officials because they’ve been linked to things like poor diet, weight gain, obesity and diabetes. In the recent Weight of the Nation specials on HBO (they’re available free online and I recommend watching them), there was this mind-boggling quote:

“It is really important because sugary soft drinks are the No. 1 source of calories in our diets,” said Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “We get more calories from sodas and sugary drinks than any other individual food — cake, cookies, pizza, anything.”

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has certainly been paying attention to all the research. And more importantly he actually plans to do something about it by limiting the sales of super-sized sodas. According to The New York Times:

The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.

Although it may seem draconian at first blush, I’m in favor of the ban because it’s far too easy to take in unwanted calories from sugary soft drinks, in part because they’re formulated to be addictive. And a huge amount of sugared drinks are marketed and sold to kids, who are notoriously ill equipped to make healthy food choices.

Serving mega-sizes of sugared drinks certainly doesn’t help. I mean, when did 16 ounces become “smaller than a common soda bottle”???

Posted May 31, 2012 @ 10:00 am | Tags: ,,,,,

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