Should Large Sodas Be Banned?
To halt the continuing and medically expensive march of obesity, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has taken a step that other politicians are afraid to even mention: he has proposed a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts. The New York Times reports that the sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle would be prohibited if the move is approved. BusinessWeek, which, oh yeah, is owned by Bloomberg, reports that the city’s health board will vote on it after three months of public comment, and no other authorization from the state or city would be required. What do you think? Should sugary beverages bigger than 16-ounces be outlawed? Let us know in the comment space below.