New York?s Mayor Bloomberg is proposing a ban on oversized sugary drinks. As part of his strategy to combat obesity, Bloomberg hopes to limit that sugary beverages to 16 ounces or less. This ban would take effect in movie theaters, concession stands, and restaurants, leaving grocery and convenience stores free to sell any sizes they like.
Bloomberg insists that these measures will be a good way to fight obesity, especially considering the rapid rise in portion sizes and the expansion of America?s waistline. First lady Michelle Obama supports the notion, and Bloomberg?s steps do align quite well with MyPlate?s call to control portion size and limit consumption of sugary drinks. What do you think? Is controlling drink portions a good way to combat obesity?
In 2003, Bloomberg banned the sale of sugary drinks in New York?s schools. According to the New York Health Commissioner, there has since been a 5% drop in the obesity rate for the children in New York?s public schools.
Yes, those giant servings of soda pack a calorie wallop, but that doesn?t mean you should avoid all beverages under all conditions. Replace those sugary drinks with more healthful alternatives! Not sure where to start? Try the ideas below...
- Unsweetened iced tea
- Diet soda
- Unsweetened herbal tea
- Black coffee
- Unsweetened iced coffee
Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.