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Fall of the Tall Soda Before this Year’s Fall

October 12, 2012  by: Paulose  Points: 15   Category: Food & Drinks    Views: 1857

New York City has banned tall (big) soda drinks and has started the fight against beverages that cause health problems. It is the first city in the US to say goodbye to big soda by initiating the ban on large-sized soft drinks, from the second week of September, 2012, just before the arrival of Fall.


Before the arrival of the Fall season of this year, a surprise came to America by the ban on the tall or big soda. America is more worried about the obese people, especially the teens. This has led to the recent ban on restaurant sales of super sized sugary drinks, known as “soda ban”. The New York City Board of Health banned restaurant sales of sugary beverages in big cans.

The New York City Health Department has become the first in the country to ban the sale of sweetened beverages larger in size than 16 ounces. The ban controls the sale of big soda at fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, mobile carts of vendors, sports arenas and movie theaters.

Health hazards of soda in the US

1) For the past several years, the number of children and adults struggling with obesity has been growing at an epidemic speed. This has put the country at an early risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer. Drinking sweetened beverages has been considered as one of the main causes for this obesity skyrocket.

2) Ban on the big soda is a bold experiment in the anti-obesity campaign, widely supported by health professionals, although the beverage industry has challenged the move. Food retailers or most of the city residents do not welcome this ban. But most of the health related organizations such as American Academy of Pediatrics and Weight Watchers support this ban as a bold move to protect the health of the city people.

3) Reports say that more than 40% of city public-school students in eighth grade or below are obese or overweight. Children and growing teens have been becoming addicted to drinking these beverages. Advocates of this ban believe that banning big size drinks, containing more than 200 calories, would be an important step toward helping consumers to drink fewer calories.

4) It has been proved that addiction to beverages has been a substantial threat to waistlines. In addition to soda not having any nutritional value, it does not also create a feeling of fullness.

5) Researches say that changes in modern food style such as fast food have caused increase in obesity in the country. This ban on big soda will be an attempt to cultural shift back to more modest, reasonable and appropriate portion size of food which is hoped to help reduce the obesity epidemic.

6) New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has championed this bold step, says that he took this step because the health problems resulted by obesity cost the city about $4 billion a year.

Although the ban does not prevent people from purchasing sweetened soda in large containers, the health officials hope that the ban will create public awareness and curtail consumption of sweetened drinks in course of time.



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