Could it be that the nation’s most health-conscious mayor has gone too far this time?
Judging from early public reaction, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to ban super-sized sodas and other sugary drinks at thousands of restaurants, corner stores, theaters, sports venues, and food carts could prove to be the biggest test of Bloomberg’s progressive public-health ideas.
The ban could take effect by next spring. The mayor said sweenetened drinks were being singled out because city health officials blame them for up to half of the increase in New Yorkers’ obesity rates over a three-decade period.
Critics, though, were quick to brand Bloomberg’s latest antiobesity initiative, which was announced Wednesday, as a nanny-state policy run amok. They also questioned its effectiveness, since soda drinkers could just order two of the maximum-size, 16-ounce containers to get around the mayor’s ban on bigger cups.