Because New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces seems like such a good ideal, members of a board tasked with saving New Yorkers from themselves have suggested adding other high-calorie foods to the list of regulated goods.
“The New York City Board of Health showed support for limiting sizes of sugary drinks at a Tuesday meeting in Queens,” myfoxny.com reports. “They agreed to start the process to formalize the large-drink ban by agreeing to start a six-week public comment period.”
But while they were approving the sugary drinks ban, a few members suggested similar regulations on other high-calorie goods.
Board of Health member Bruce Vladeck suggested that the city limit the size of theater popcorn servings.
“The popcorn isn’t a whole lot better than the soda,” Vladeck said.
At the same time, another Board of Health member suggested that milk — yes, milk — be subject to size limitations.
“There are certainly milkshakes and milk-coffee beverages that have monstrous amounts of calories,” said board member Dr. Joel Forman.
Mayor Bloomberg said last month that all he’s trying to do is force people to understand that large sugary drinks are bad for them.
“The New York City Restaurant Association is fighting the proposal and is considering legal action of it goes into effect,” myfoxny.com reports.
“New York City voters oppose 51 – 46 percent Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on the sale of over-sized sugary soft drinks, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday,” the report adds.