New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg submitted a proposal to limit serving sizes of soda and other sugary drinks to a maximum of 16 ounces. Sugary drinks are the only food or beverage that have been directly linked to obesity and are one of the single largest contributors of calories to the American diet, as well as a leading source of added sugars. The limitation will help cut down on some soda consumption and slow the expansion of New Yorkers’ waistlines.
The Mayor’s leadership on the soda issue provides a good model for other jurisdictions to follow, because overweight and obesity have become commonplace throughout America, mirroring the growth of soda serving sizes over the past five decades. More than two-thirds of adults and one in three children are overweight or obese in this country. While Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal may not alone solve our obesity problem, it is a step in the right direction.
Please send a letter to encourage the Board of Health to vote in support of the Mayor’s proposal to limit serving sizes!
Julie Salz Greenstein
Deputy Director, Health Promotion Policy
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Support Mayor Bloomberg's Limits on Sugary Drinks
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