New York City Plans Ban On Large Sugary Drinks

In an attempt to fighting the epidemic of obesity, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to propose a far-reaching municipal ban on sales of large-size sugary beverages by restaurants, mobile food carts, movie theaters and delis, his administration said on Wednesday. The document that outlines the proposal cites that a public health statistics shows that 58 percent of New York City adults and nearly 40 percent of city public school students are obese or overweight.

The proposal defines sugary drinks as beverages that are “sweetened with sugar or another caloric sweetener that contain more than 25 calories per 8 fluid ounces and contains less than 51 percent milk or milk substitute by volume as an ingredient.”

It would impact drinks sold in containers larger than 16 ounces, but would not impact the sale of diet soda or dairy-based drinks.

Bloomberg’s efforts to correct unhealthy behaviors have included a campaign to cut down on salt and a ban on trans fats in restaurant food, along with a requirement that chain restaurants display calorie counts.

The battle continues.


Roque Caston is a writer, blogger, and journalist who resides in New York City. He’s a college student majoring in Writing & Literature. He created the humor blog “Roque’s Reality” from 2009-2014. His writings has been featured in various digital and print publications such as True Fashionista Now, The Future Forward, Gayosphere, Floss Magazine, Juan& and Swerv Magazine.

  • Angel

    It is difficult to believe that there is actually a conversation about the goverment about to try to take controll of what stupid people eat . If resonable people let this happen in a country that is based on the principals of personal freedom, no matter how stupid it is to drink sugared water, it will be the end of what personal freedom is. It is a legal product that no goverment has the right to regulate how much you buy at any one time.