The NYC Health board voted 8 to 1 to ban sweetened drinks over 16 oz in restaurants, movie theaters, food vendors and other eating places. I wish it wasn't necessary to set a policy for drink size. But what incentive does a restaurant owner have to offer smaller portions sizes when the restaurant next door is offering large portion sizes of meals and sweet drinks for the same price?
Be sure to read the 60 second interview with Lisa R. Young Ph.D, RD at the end of the Metro article. I agree with her view that people will drink less sweetened beverages because they won't want to pay for another drink. Just like it has been made easy for us to drink ever larger portions of sweet drinks having to pay for another drink will make it easier to drink less.