NYC Health Board Supports Soft Drink Ban

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Despite complaints from residents, the New York City Board of Health seems to be all for Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to ban large sugary drinks at restaurants.

Bloomberg announced his plan last month to help fight obesity in his city, but many New Yorkers weren't happy.

"Well I figure since it's America, people should decide what they want to do or what they pay for," New York resident Abraham Wilkins said. "What they should do is stop going around trying to judge people for what they want."

If passed, food service establishments in New York City would be banned from serving drinks like sodas and lemonade in containers larger than 16 ounces. Consumers will be allowed to have refills.

At a meeting this week, several board members agreed with the ban and even suggested new restrictions on other food, like movie popcorn and milkshakes.

"Some of the board members seemed to think this proposal didn't go far enough and that's very alarming because the majority of New Yorkers, as we've seen in several polls, think that this is already over regulation," Andrew Moesel, with the New York City Restaurant Association, said.

Any restaurants that don't comply with the big beverage ban could face a $200 fine. A formal vote is scheduled for September.

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