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Patch's Poll: Should New York City Have Banned Large Sugary Drinks?

The New York City Board of Health approves Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on soda and sugary drinks over 16 ounces. It will take effect in six months.

When New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed banning large sodas and other sugary drinks from city food carts, restaurants and movie theaters, an outcry erupted, and it wasn't only from the companies that make soda.

It was also from those who believe that individuals should be responsible for the choices they make when it comes to a legal product.

Ultimately, the New York City Board of Health agreed with Bloomberg this week that public health concerns about obesity outweigh, so to speak, an individual's desire to consume a bucket of soda.

The New York Times reported Thursday that the policy will go into effect in six months unless a judge blocks it. The soft drink industry has vowed to continue its fight in the courts.

According to the New York Times, the policy will affect any sweetened drink in a container larger than 16 ounces, including non-diet soda, energy drinks and presweetened iced teas.

"The restrictions would not affect fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; no-calorie diet sodas would not be affected, but establishments with self-service drink fountains, like many fast-food restaurants, would not be allowed to stock cups larger than 16 ounces," the Times wrote.

Movies theaters and stadium concession stands would be affected, but grocery stores and convenience stores — including 7-Elevens, which sell the Big Gulp — would be exempt, along with vending machines and some newsstands.

Where do you stand on the issue? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

Ella Haran September 15, 2012 at 04:23 PM
My personal experience leads me to yell "Yes!" to NY's limiting the size of sugary sodas. My daughter was killing her two children with kindness. Anything they wanted, they got. That included extra-large sodas. At seven-years-old, my grandson had 36" waist and wore a man's shirt with a 15 collar. You can say that's bad parenting. I agree. But, if that's the case, do you leave the soda size decision to a child?
Liz September 15, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I think they should limit it in schools and parents need to stop killing there kids by allowing them to over cOnsume these drinks. Ive seen mothers but sugar drinks in bottles resulting I'n rotting teeth maybe there should be more education so people become aware of there ignorant behavior
Rosie September 15, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Yes, I am quite sure the person got to be 300 pounds from drinking a large soda. And, naturally, if you prefer soda, you obviously have no health insurance. What an idiot.
Rosie September 15, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Umm, schools do not allow soda, at least not in East Haven. And I hardly think I am "killing" my kid because he or she has a soda. This is all pure nonsense.
SolarPete September 15, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Then all you that feel soad is ok read this link http://health.yahoo.net/articles/nutrition/photos/7-side-effects-drinking-diet-soda#0

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