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New York City Move on Soda Sizes Praised

Statement of CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg's pioneering proposal to limit serving sizes of sugary drinks is the boldest effort yet to prevent obesity, which is not only painful for millions of Americans but is costing our nation upwards of $150 billion in higher health costs annually.

New York City's health department deserves tremendous credit for recognizing the harm that sugary soft drinks cause in the form of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease—and for doing something about it. We hope other city and state public health officials adopt similar curbs on serving sizes and reducing Americans' exposure to these nutritionally worthless products.

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Note: On June 7 and 8 CSPI is convening the first-ever National Soda Summit aimed at improving public health by reducing consumption of soda and other sugary drinks.

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