CCC Statement: Regarding Mayor Bloomberg’s Proposal to Reduce Obesity by Banning the Sale of Sugary Beverages in Containers Over 16 Fluid Ounces
Released May 31, 2012
CCC strongly supports Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to establish a maximum size of 16 fluid ounces for sugary drinks sold in food service establishments, such as restaurants, arenas, food carts or movie theaters. Over 40 percent of New York City’s public school children in kindergarten through eighth grade are obese or overweight, and it has been proven that the consumption of sugary beverages is a large contributor to this rate. Curbing consumption of sugary beverages, particularly for children, is therefore critical. Obese and overweight children are at risk for chronic health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. The Mayor’s proposal will not only help children learn important lessons about portion control, but it will serve to positively impact their long-term health and well-being.