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Ban on Big Sizes of Sugary Drinks in NYC!

Recently, New York City’s mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a plan to ban the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters, and street carts. By executing this proposal the Bloomberg administration is set to fight obesity. The ban would be effective for any sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces. It would not however concern diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages. Also, one would still be able to buy large drinks in supermarkets and other stores.
Is banning large drinks such a great idea? Not exactly- if one wants to drink large amounts of soda, one will do so regardless of the size. I think this will not change much in terms of the issue of obesity in the U.S., but might only compel anger. Bloomberg’s plan did not succeed yet, but is already a controversial matter. Also, there are parts of this proposal that don’t really make sense, for example- what is the reasoning behind banning large drinks, if unlimited refills would still be allowed? Members of the Bloomberg administration need to discuss the final “rules” of the project before bringing it to life.


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