New York City passed a ban on the sale of large sugary sodas. Mayor Bloomberg said, “This is the single biggest step any city has taken to curb obesity. We believe it will save lives.”
Movie theaters and ballparks are licensed by the city. They will no longer be allowed to sell sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. They can sell diet sodas and fruit drinks of any size. Super markets and grocery stores are not covered by the ban.
The beverage industry is against the rule. They are thinking about taking the city to court to overrule the ban.
Some of the city’s rules about health have become popular in other cities. For example, the city bans smoking in parks. It also makes fast-food restaurants list the calories of their meals on menus.
City health officials say diabetes and obesity threaten the lives of people. More than half of the adults in the city are overweight or obese. About 5,000 people die every year from illnesses linked to excessive weight.