Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City has proposed a sweeping municipal ban on sales of large-size sugary beverages by restaurants, mobile food carts, movie theaters and delis.
According to Bloomberg’s office, his proposal is aimed at fighting an epidemic of obesity, citing public health statistics showing that 58 percent of New York City adults and nearly 40 percent of city public school students are obese or overweight.
His proposal defines sugary drinks as beverages that are "sweetened with sugar or another caloric sweetener that contain more than 25 calories per 8 fluid ounces and contains less than 51 percent milk or milk substitute by volume as an ingredient."
Bloomberg’s proposed sugary drinks ban will be submitted to the city's Board of Health on June 12 for approval Board before it becomes effective
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