Limit Soda Size to Fight Obesity in New York City

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Target: New York City Board of Health

Goal: Protect public health and fight obesity by banning large-size sodas in New York City.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a ban on the sale of large size sodas in New York City. The ban would limit the serving size of sodas and sugary drinks sold in restaurants, sports arenas, and movie theaters to 16 ounces. Drinks that are at least 70% juice, contain at least half dairy or dairy substitute, or have less than 25 calories per 8 ounces would be exempt from the ban. Beverages sold in grocery stores or convenience stores would not be subject to the ban. The New York City Board of Health needs to approve the ban before it can take effect. The goal of the ban is to curb consumption of soda which has been strongly linked to the rising rate of obesity in America.

The rate of obesity in America has doubled since 1980. Currently over one third of Americans are obese. Obesity increases the risk for serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Obesity is caused by an imbalance between calories consumed and physical activity. Americans consume 200-300 more calories daily than they did 30 years ago with sugary drinks composing the largest source of calories in the American diet. Studies have suggested that soda is directly linked to weight gain. Portions sizes have increased over time and soda serving sizes have increased the most. Research has shown that larger serving sizes are linked to higher consumption. Therefore, reducing the serving size for soda will likely reduce consumption of soda and reduce the rate of obesity. Obesity-related illnesses cost New York City approximately $4 billion per year. Reducing the rate of obesity will not only improve public health, but also reduce health care costs in New York City.

By signing the petition below, you will help urge the New York City Board of Health to ban large servings of soda in New York City to improve public health by reducing obesity.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear New York City Board of Health,

Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently proposed a ban on large serving sizes of soda and sugary drinks in New York City. The ban would limit the serving size of sodas served in restaurants, sports arenas, and theaters to 16 ounces. Drinks sold in grocery stores or convenience stores would not be affected by the ban. The ban would not apply to drinks that are at least 70% juice, contain at least half dairy or dairy substitute, or are comprised of less than 25 calories per 8 ounces. Sugary drinks have been linked to the rising rate of obesity in America. The ban would reduce consumption of soda and thus reduce the rate of obesity.

The rate of obesity in America has doubled since 1980. Currently, over one third of Americans are obese. Obesity increases the risk for serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Illnesses related to obesity cost New York City approximately $4 billion per year. Weight gain is caused by an imbalance between calories consumed and physical activity.

Americans consume 200-300 more calories per day then they did 30 years ago. Soda comprises the largest source of calories in the American diet. Larger serving sizes have been shown to increase consumption. Soda serving sizes have increased the most since the 1950’s. Therefore, limiting the serving size of soda will decrease consumption of soda and reduce the rate of obesity in New York City.

I urge you protect public health by supporting a ban on large serving sizes of soda and other sugary drinks in New York City.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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