What is the Bloomberg Soda Ban?

The Bloomberg soda ban proposed by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg restricts restaurants from selling sugared drinks (like soda and sweetened tea) in sizes larger than 16 oz.  However, the ban does not apply to grocery stores or convenience stores.  Bloomberg proposed the ban in hopes of combatting the problem of obesity in New York City.  Many doctors support the ban citing that nearly 50 percent of Americans could be obese by 2030.  You can read Dr. Barnard’s blog for his take on the ban.  The controversial soda ban has brought arguments from both sides.  Some contest that the government should not be able to regulate a person’s eating habits.  You can read more about the role of government in promoting healthy lifestyles here.  The ban was supposed to go into effect March 12, 2013 and restaurants would be given a span of several months to comply before being fined.  You can read more about the Bloomberg soda ban here.


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