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NYC Mayor Bloomberg set to ban sale of sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces; Update: Bloomberg supports ‘National Donut Day’ tomorrow

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By Doug Powers  •  May 31, 2012 10:23 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Conversation coming soon to a prison near you:

“What’cha in for?”

“Armed robbery. You?”

“Sold a 24 ounce Mountain Dew.”

From the New York Times:

New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.

The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.

The measure would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; it would not extend to beverages sold in grocery or convenience stores.

Word is that the Mayor canceled a scheduled press conference after a member of his security detail informed him a street vendor had been spotted selling large cups of Barq’s outside a heroin needle exchange. To the Nanny-Mobile!

Did it ever occur to Bloomberg that the only exercise some of us get on a regular basis is lugging our giant soft drinks around?

It’s ironic that some feel the only way to save Americans from getting fat is to make the government nanny morbidly obese:

Update: Go figure. Tomorrow, Bloomberg will recognize and support Mixed Message Day National Donut Day in NYC:

At Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s press conference touting his efforts to stop the sale of large soft drinks in restaurants, one reporter in attendance brought up the interesting fact that his administration also supporting “National Donut Day” tomorrow and inquired as to whether that muddled the mayor’s message on the issue.

Indeed, at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, Entenmann’s will be unveiling “Custom-made Entenmann’s large donuts, 1-foot in diameter” at Madison Square Park at the same time they unveil a “Proclamation Letter by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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