In an attempt to curb the obesity epidemic now taking its toll on public health in the United States, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is readying himself to roll out a ban on the sale of soft drinks in containers whose volume exceeds 16 ounces.
Recent news on this topic says that Michael Bloomberg is convinced that his soft drink ban must be implemented statewide as soon as possible, and that the obesity epidemic can only be properly be dealt with with the help of such drastic measures.
New York's soft drink ban is set to go into effect this coming March 12, and will translate into local restaurants', food carts', concession stands' and other similar businesses' no longer being allowed to market such beverages in containers larger than 16 ounces.
However, there seems to be one small problem: although it is very much true that people will be banned from purchasing soft drink cans whose volume exceeds 16 ounces, the fact remains that one can still buy as many small-sized soft drinks as they see fit.
Despite the fact that Mayor Bloomberg's sole purpose is that of curbing the obesity epidemic, several people have argued that nobody has the right to tell people how much soda they can purchase and consume.
Because of this, the ban has been challenged in court, yet up until now it appears that no judge has agreed to rule against it.
According to The Inquisitr, Mayor Bloomberg commented on this glitch in his soft drink ban as follows: “We’re not banning anything, other than saying you have to serve it in portions of 16 ounces or less.”
“We’re just trying to encourage you and educate you that this is probably not the greatest thing for you, and all of the research done shows that portion control really does work,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg went on to argue.
As far as implementing this ban statewide goes, the Mayor said that, “The state should do exactly the same thing in stores. Kids, once they get obese, they will be obese as adults. And this year, for the first time in the world, in the history of humanity, more people will die from overeating than from under-eating.”