Jul 24, 2012
By Jane Brown
New Yorkers will have their say today on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large sugary drinks served at restaurants and movie theatres. A public hearing is scheduled for today on whether they think the mayor is combating obesity or infringing on their rights.
Mayor Bloomberg reiterated yesterday that “sugary drink consumption is a key driver of the obesity epidemic,” and an estimated 5800 New Yorkers will die this year because they’re obese or overweight.
About an hour after he made this statement, more than 100 people gathered on the steps of City Hall to protest the proposed ban.
The proposal requires only the approval of the Bloomberg-appointed Board of Health to take effect, although opponents could still sue to block the ban, or they could convince legislators to step in.