while I do not believe that changes can ultimately come from the outside, I would applaud this move very much. After all, it is my strongly held belief that virtue is often lack of opportunity, and a ban of sugary beverages would fall into that category.
Great you brought this up.
Not a good idea..People will buy two or more, besides the fact that people usually do not get a true 16 oz. of beverage because of ice in the cup.
Below article from:
New York City Council members oppose beverage ban
Calling New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban sugar-sweetened beverages above 16 oz “arbitrary and capricious,” two city council members have officially requested the Board of Health not pass the mandate when it comes up for a vote.
July 31, 2012
Calling New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban sugar-sweetened beverages above 16 oz “arbitrary and capricious,” two city council members have officially requested the Board of Health not pass the mandate when it comes up for a vote Sept. 13. The two council members, Letitia James (D-Brooklyn) and Fernando Cabrera (D-Bronx), co-authored a resolution July 27 stating: “It is questionable that restricting the size of sugary drinks consumed at foodservice establishments will impact obesity rates in New York City, since consumers would still be free to purchase such drinks at supermarkets and bodegas or purchase several drinks at one time.”
The mayor’s proposed ban would restrict the purchase of sugary drinks above 16 oz at restaurants, delis, food carts, concession stands, and movie theaters, but not at convenience stores, supermarkets, or bodegas because those establishments are not regulated by the Board of Health.
The resolution also cited research conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) that found that more than half of sugary drinks are consumed at home and that approximately two-thirds of the beverages not consumed at home are purchased from sources other than a restaurant. The ban, which the mayor said is aimed at lowering the city’s rising obesity rates, does not need voter or city council approval.
The National Restaurant Association (NRA), which opposes the ban, said a comprehensive approach must be taken in addressing the obesity epidemic and that the restaurant industry is using myriad strategies to help reduce the trend. Better education, not increased regulation, is the key to success, the NRA has said.
“If the Board of Health can limit the size of beverage containers in restaurants, you can bet regulations on food portion sizes and other nutrients are next,” said Scott DeFife, NRA’s Executive Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs.
Hello Chloe. In my opinion even if/when promotions like this do NOT work, they DO serve to shine a bright light on an issue/subject (use your question here, and the answers that it will garner as an example of what I mean). Causing the issue to be shined upon, causing others to talk about it, and bringing publicity to the issue IS a good thing even if it is met with doubt or otherwise is branded a failure.
I think it is somewhat silly to do so. People have an easy way around it- refills, more drinks, etc.
However I do think it is a step in the right direction. People have a different idea over what precicely a “serving size” is. Changing perception on what a full meal should look like will greatly help people.
Besides, most already lack the motivation to help themselves. Forcing them to help themselvse is the best thing others can do.