New York’s Soda Ban Seeks to Fight Obesity

The New York City Board of Health approved a ban on sodas and other sugary drinks over 16 ounces on Thursday. The ban seeks to fight the ever-growing rates of obesity in New York City by limiting intake of sugary beverages. The topic has been the center of much debate in recent months, and according to the New York Times, the soft-drink industry intends to fight the ban, possibly through the courts. According to the New York City health department, over half of the adults in NYC are obese or overweight, and the new measure aims to curb that number. Many New Yorkers feel that it is their personal choice to have the option of larger sodas available, even as health professionals warn that there is a distinct correlation between sugary drinks and obesity. However, in reality, large drink sizes would still be available at places that are not inspected by the health department, like convenience stores. Movie theaters are among the place that would be restricted to smaller drink sizes.

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