New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg plans to propose a ban on sodas and “sugary drinks” over 16 ounces from New York City’s delis, movie theaters and restaurants. The ban will need to be approved by the city’s Board of Health, something Bloomberg does not see as much of a challenge considering that the board is made up of officials he appointed. Once passed, the ban's measures could be put in place as soon as next March.
Bloomberg defends his far reaching law as a means to reduce obesity.
“Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible,’ ” Bloomberg told the New York Times in an interview on Wednesday in the Governor’s Room at City Hall.
“New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something,” he said. “I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do.”
While no one is advocating extreme overindulgence of sweets, many have criticized the measure for stripping consumer choice from all New Yorkers. Others question if the measure can be effective in meeting it's goals considering the law does not ban milkshakes, diet soda or alcoholic beverages, and leaves the window open for unlimited refills at restaurants or multiple purchases of sugary beverages at the 16 ounce size.
On "Real News" Thursday the panel discussed whether or not Bloomberg's regulation would fizzle out. Surprisingly, at least one panelist was not too bothered by the ban, which comes as only the latest in "a huge pie of nanny state regulations." Watch a clip from Thursday's show below: