Seeking to reduce out-of-control obesity rates, the New York City Board of Health recently approved a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, street carts, and movie theaters. The move represents the first restriction of its kind in the country.
The measure, which bans the sale of many sweetened drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces, is to take effect on March 12, unless it is blocked by a judge. The vote by the Board of Health was the only regulatory approval needed to make the ban binding in the city, but the American soft-drink industry has campaigned strongly against the measure and pledged to fight it through other means.
What are your thoughts about this measure?
Should government be permitted to dictate what and how much we can consume of certain beverages and foods?
If not, should government have any role in fighting the obesity crisis?
And if government shouldn’t play a role, what can private citizens do to make a difference?