New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest effort at combatting obesity is a proposed ban on large servings of soda and other sugary drinks at restaurants, delis, sports arenas and movie theaters.
The ban, which critics say is expected to win approval from the Bloomberg-appointed Board of Health and go into effect as early as March, would limit sodas to 16 ounces – about a small serving at fast-food joints.
The ban would not apply to diet sodas, drinks with less than 25 calories per 8 ounces, those containing at least 50% milk or milk substitute, and drinks with 70% juice. Drinks at supermarkets and convenience stores – including 7-Eleven’s Big Gulps and Slurpees – would also be exempt.
As expected, the proposal has drawn staunch criticism from Coca-Cola and fast food giant McDonald’s, as well as politicians and celebrities who say it infringes on freedom of choice.
Regardless of your stance on the ban, there are loads of research studies that link sugar to health problems including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and yes, obesity. Who knows if limiting the amount of soda consumers can have with a meal will eventually alleviate those burdens. But one thing is for sure – it’s gotten people talking.
Next time you need a pick me up, even if you’re not in NYC, your chances of staying healthier are probably better if you follow ACE’s lead.
By the American Council on Exercise
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