New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg is looking to fight the obesity epidemic in Manhattan by trying to place a ban on being able to order a large-sized soda or sugary drink from a restaurant, movie theatre, deli’s, or food cart’s.
Bloomberg’s adminastrator’s outlined the proposal in a document on Tuesday that cited public health statistics that showed 58% of New York City adults and nearly 40% of city public school students are obese or overweight.
“Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible,’ ” Mr. Bloomberg said in an interview on Wednesday in the Governor’s Room at City Hall.
“New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something,” he said. “I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do.”
If approved the ban would not allow for any unhealthy, sugar based drink to be sold in any container, cup or bottle, larger than 16 ounces throughout the city. The ban would not affect any diet or dairy-based drinks.
Of course, the New York City Beverage Association, is not happy with Mayor Bloomberg’s assumption that large sugary drinks are to blame for the obesity problem.
“It’s time for serious health professionals to move on and seek solutions that are going to actually curb obesity,” said association spokesman Stefan Friedman. “These zealous proposals just distract from the hard work that needs to be done on this front.”
The proposal needs to be go before the city’s Board of Health for approval, which is scheduled to happen on June 12th.