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Bloomberg's war on sugar

Olufemi J. Watson Special to the AmNews | 4/16/2013, 4:50 p.m.

Bloomberg received some public backlash after an appearance on the "Today" when he said, "If you want 32 ounces, the restaurant has to serve it in two glasses...That's not exactly taking away any of your freedoms." In the same interview, the mayor was supporting National Donut Day. "One donut's not gonna hurt you. In moderation, most things are OK," said Bloomberg, as he explained that he was promoting moderation in drinking soft drinks as well.

Phillip Bulgar, who works at the Manna's on 126th Street, said he doesn't think business will be affected by the ban. "In this particular business, it probably won't because our drinks are 14 ounces and sodas are 20 ounces." Bulgar said he agrees with the mayor's proposal in terms of health. "If you can help people stay healthy by cutting out soda, I think it's good...If people stay healthier longer, it's better for society."

But not everyone agrees with the ban. Last weekend, the Center for Consumer Freedom released an ad which featured the mayor in a dress. The ad isays "Bye Bye Venti: Nanny Bloomberg has taken his strange obsession with what you eat one step further. He now wants to make it illegal to serve 'sugary drinks' bigger than 16 ounces. What's next? Limits on the width of a pizza slice, size of a hamburger or amount of cream cheese on your bagel?"

Before the mayor's proposal can be put into action, it must first be approved by the City Council, which will meet later this month.