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New York City’s Sugary Drink Size Limit Initiative Appealed in Court

June 11, 2013

The New York City Department of Health is appearing before the Appellate Division of the New York State Court today to fight the March ruling that blocked Mayor Bloomberg’s initiative to limit the portion size of sugary drinks. The aim of the measure is to combat obesity through reducing consumption of sugary drinks.

A judge called the law arbitrary and beyond the Department of Health’s authority one day before it was set to take effect.

“Portion sizes, especially for sugary drinks, have spun wildly out of control over the last 15 years,” said Marlene Schwartz, PhD, Rudd Center Acting Director. “New York City’s effort to limit the sale of sugary drinks to 16 ounces - which is still 2 servings - is a perfectly logical response. The Department of Health is responsible for protecting the health of the citizens they serve. Research shows that sugary drinks contribute to poor diet, weight gain, and the development of type 2 diabetes. Efforts to decrease sugary drink consumption are clearly aligned with their mission.”