CCC Public Comment: New York City Board of Health Hearing on Limiting the Size of Sugary Beverages (Amendment to Article 81 of the New York City Health Code)
Published July 2012
CCC testified in support establishing a maximum size of 16-fluid ounces for sugary drinks sold in “Food Service Establishments” at a July 24,2012 hearing of the before the New York City Board of Health.
The testimony was in support of the Mayor’s proposal to amend Article 81 of the Health Code to establish a maximum size of 16-fluid ounces for sugary drinks sold in “Food Service Establishments,” such as restaurants, mobile food carts, delis, and concession stands at movie theaters, stadiums, and arenas.
CCC supported the proposal because these drinks contain no nutritional value, yet add unnecessary sugar and calories to diets, contributing to the obesity epidemic. Obesity increases children’s risks of developing chronic and life-threatening diseases that can impact life expectancy, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. CCC supported this amendment because limiting the size of these beverages will help children and their families combat obesity.