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Big Drinks Are Back By: Alice Park

posted Mar 15, 2013, 6:46 PM by   [ updated Mar 19, 2013, 11:31 AM by Kim Cordano ]
Last Monday, State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling struck down New York City’s ban on big sugary drinks just hours before it was supposed to take effect. The law would have banned the sale of sugared beverages larger than 16 oz. at New York restaurants, mobile food carts, sports arenas and movie theaters. Tingling said  the ban would have left people with many other ways to consume sugary drinks. The American Beverage Association agreed with this idea. Many other city residents disagreed with this idea.New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg led the ban on large drinks. He aimed to cut obesity rates in the U.S., where at least two-thirds of American adults are considered overweight.  The board reviewed data showing that sugared drinks make up 43 percent of the added sugar in the average American diet. Now, with big drinks back on store shelves, New Yorkers will make their own choices about how to stay healthy.

Class Question: Should the US ban large (16oz) sugary drinks? Why or why not?