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Thursday
Sep132012

New York City Approves Ban on Large Sugary Drinks

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The New York City Board of Health has approved a ban on the sale of large sized sugary drinks.

The vote means that restaurants, concession stands and workplace cafeterias are no longer allowed to sell sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.

It's a policy that sparked a nationwide outcry, but Dr. Deepthiman Gowda at Columbia University says banning the sale of large-sized non-diet soda, sweetened tea and other sugar-heavy drinks is necessary to combat obesity.

“We might see a generation of children that has a life expectancy shorter than their parents,” he said.

The beverage industry says health experts exaggerate the role of sugary drinks in the nation's obesity problem and vows a fight.

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