THE BIG FAT APPLE
“MY PARENTS WENT TO AMERICA FOR CHRISTMAS AND ALL THEY BOUGHT ME WAS A LOUSY FIVE POUNDS OF BODY FAT” Proposed slogan on souvenir t-shirt.
There are a more than a million stories in the Big Apple and most of them are fat.
Now, according to Newsmax: “New York City will restrict sales of sugary soft drinks to no more than 16 ounces a cup in restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums and arenas after the Board of Health approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan”.
“Supersize Me” no more? Image via bloomberg.com. Front page image via msn.com.
“Obesity is one of America’s most deadly problems, and sugary beverages are a leading cause of it,” Bloomberg said Sept. 4 in Queens, where Weight Watchers International Inc., which offers diet programs, endorsed his plan.
“Reasonable portion sizes won’t prevent anyone from buying or drinking as much soda as they want, but it will help people keep from inadvertently taking in junk calories,” he said.
Today’s vote followed three months of public comment. The health department said it received 38,000 comments, with 32,000 in support and 6,000 opposed.
“To not act would be criminal,” said board member Susan Klitzman, a professor and director of the Urban Public Health Program at Hunter College in Manhattan.
Restaurants, movie theaters and other outlets have six months to comply or face a $200 fine each time there’s a violation, the health department said. The ban doesn’t apply to convenience stores and groceries, which are regulated by New York state. The regulation does allow patrons to buy as many of the smaller drinks as they want and to get refills.
Those opposed included, not surprisingly, Coca Cola, Pepsi and Dunkin’ Donuts who said it would have a “devastating” impact.
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