Judge’s supersized ruling blocks NYC serving size ban

As part of an ongoing effort to fight obesity, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a plan last May to limit the serving size of sodas and other sugary beverages sold in restaurants, delis, movie theaters, and sporting events to 16 ounces. But last week, a State Supreme Court judge blocked the beverage size ban just one day before it would’ve gone into effect.

Year after year, the public has rated childhood obesity among the top health issues facing kids in the U.S. Yet, Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed beverage ban sparked heated debate and drew criticism from restaurant owners, the soft drink industry, and members of the general public. The judge struck down the beverage size ban, calling the serving size limits confusing, filled with loopholes, and unenforceable.

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