Supersize sugary drinks banned in New York


The health board of New York city has passed a law prohibiting the sale of high-sugar drinks larger than 16 ounces (473 ml) in a bid to reduce obesity.
Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg heralded the ban, the first of its kind in the United States, as the biggest step a city has ever taken in the fight against obesity.
Violators of the ban, which does not include diet sodas, face a $200 fine.
About one-third of Americans are obese, and about 10 per cent of the nation’s healthcare bill is tied to obesity-related diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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