Government Overreach or About Time? NYC Bans Large Sugary Drinks

The New York City Board of Health Thursday banned the sales of big sodas and other sugary drinks at movie theaters, restaurants, concession stands and other food outlets.

"Sorry sir, that's your limit, nothing over 16 ounces is allowed here." That's in New York City - for now.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle online, New York City's Board of Health Thursday passed a rule that bans the sale of big sodas and other sugary drinks at movie theaters, restaurants, concession stands, and other food outlets. The rule limits cups and bottles of non-diet sodas; sweet teas or other high-calorie drinks to just 16-ounces.

According to the SFC, the ban applies to fast-food restaurants, movie and Broadway theaters and even workplace cafeterias - most all places that sell prepared food. However, it doesn't extend - at least not yet - to beverages sold in supermarkets and convenience stores. It doesn't cover beverages sold in supermarkets or most convenience stores. Needless to say, those in the industry are not impressed and reportedly claim the plan is misguided, placing too much of an emphasis on the role these drinks have played in making people fat.

Coming on the heals of McDonald's announcement Wednesday that calories will now be put on the menu, it appears that the food police are on their way. 

So is this a government overreach or in the light of the country's growing obesity problem, is it about time? Let us know in the comments.

Dave Ballard September 16, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Mayor Bloomberg is a businessman first. His goal is not so much control (although he'll take it if you give it to him), because he understands very well that thirsty people will buy two or three small drinks instead of the one large to get the same amount or more of the "offending" product. Consider that the average 16oz soda in the grocery store check-out-line cooler around these parts is around $1.29, while an unrefrigerated brand name 2-liter in the same store is... about the same price. Prices adjust upward significantly in NYC (thanks to the taxes already in place), but the principle still holds. So the Mayor is just closing the loophole where he only gets the same amount of sales tax for a lot more product sold. I don't agree with it at all. I also don't live, work, or vacation in New York City. You couldn't pay me enough.
Brian Crawford September 16, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Cities have been passing stupid laws and ordinances as long as government has existed. This is hardly anything new. http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/georgia
Dave Ballard September 16, 2012 at 04:28 PM
BTW, I get that the plan doesn't affect grocery stores (yet), but the prices in movie theaters etc. are even more skewed in favor of the mayor's plan, and I don't expect him to stop here.
Ed Varn September 16, 2012 at 05:04 PM
And yet, despite all these complaints, I guarantee you most of us will re-elect the same nanny-state pols like Bloomberg over and over again. To paraphrase the old Pogo comic strip, "I have seen the enemy, and he is we."
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew September 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM
"Cities have been passing stupid laws and ordinances as long as government has existed" The "bigger" the government, the more potential for greater number of stupid laws. There's a pattern here.


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