Drinks which fizz with calories are set to be banned in some outlets in New York. Its the latest tactic in the war against obesity. Any sugary drink except diet sodas larger than half a litre will be outlawed from next March. A one hundred and fifty euro fine awaits anyone breaking the ban.
The city health board passed the law which was first proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. There were no objections but critics have labelled the move an infringement on personal freedom with some calling Bloomberg, “an overbearing nanny”.
He was resolute the move would make a difference to many peoples health and said, “This is the single biggest step a city I think has ever taken to curb obesity but certainly not the last step that lots of cities are going to take and we believe that it will help save lives.”
Its estimated one-third of Americans are obese while about 10 percent of the nation’s healthcare bill is tied to obesity-related diseases. Grocery outlets and convenience stores will be exempt.
Claiming the ban will hurt small businesses opponents quoted a recent poll in which 60 percent of New Yorkers said they believed the ban was a bad idea.