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NYC bans supersize sugary drinks

2012-09-13 21:05

New York - New York City's health board has passed a rule banning oversized, sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries.

The regulation passed on Thursday puts a 16-ounce (453g) size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas and other calorie-packed beverages.

The ban will apply in fast-food shops, movie houses and Broadway theaters, workplace cafeterias and most other places selling prepared food.

It doesn't cover supermarkets or most convenience stores.

City health officials say the ban is necessary to combat a deadly obesity epidemic.

The restaurant and beverage industries have assailed the plan as misguided. They say the city's health experts are exaggerating the role sugary beverages have played in making Americans fat.

Some New Yorkers have also ridiculed the rule as a gross government intrusion.

Comments
  • zebedi.spring - 2012-09-13 21:33

    America, the land of the free.

  • Sergio Rovito - 2012-09-13 22:06

    They will just order 2

  • philip.venter1 - 2012-09-13 22:30

    16 Ounces = 473ml so that's the same size as a can of Monster Energy Drinks. What are they trying to achieve by doing this? Do they honestly think that Americans are going to become less fat? How did they become the world's biggest super power, seriously?

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-13 22:46

    It is all large in the USA, King Size You attempt to order a small, or medium they look at you as if you mad..... then when they see you are actually serious they really look at you as if you are mad.... the joke is that they then go looking for the small cups back there somewhere in the shop,,,, some get clever and just pour you half, because they can't remember where the small cups are. The craziest thing is that they always have these huge cups which really must cost a packet to produce, and most of the time it is drink as much as you want. When you ask them why they don't just give people small cups and let them come for more refills, they really, really look at you as if you are mad.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-09-14 11:38

    perfect way to make more money isn't it?

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