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.