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Big Sugary Drinks Banned in NYC Restaurants

Starting March next year, restaurants, delis, movie and Broadway theaters and any establishment with a food-service license in New York City will be barred from serving supersized beverages (larger than 16 ounces). So far, this NYC is the first US city to regulate portion sizes in food establishments to fight obesity.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes that these regulations, which were approved by the Board of Health, do not assault personal freedom, because nobody is barred from buying as much soda as they want, although they would have to buy multiple cans or bottles. Fast-food establishments with soda fountains where customers can serve themselves will be not be allowed to give out cups larger than 16 ounces, although people are allowed to get refills.

The ban does not cover establishments not subject to Board of Health regulation such as supermarkets or convenience stores like 7-Eleven. Exceptions are also made for milk products and unsweetened fruit juice.

Enforcement of regulations will be carried out by NYC restaurant inspectors and violators will be fined $200.

Meanwhile, people from the restaurant and beverage industries complain that the city is unjustly exaggerating the role of sugary beverages in obesity among Americans, suggesting that the move is a political solution which they plan to block.

The regulation, which is another attempt to fight obesity, follows previous health moves which were initiated by the city and have become national trendsetters. The city has recently barred the use of trans fats in restaurants, promoted breastfeeding in hospitals and restricted smoking in public places.


Caruso, D. and Peltz, J. NYC bans big, sugary drinks at restaurants .


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