A bumpy road to a soda ban

From the New York Times Well blog:

Some of the country’s leading public health experts called Monday’s judicial ruling against New York’s limits on the sale of large sugary drinks a predictable setback in what has become a national campaign against obesity, the country’s newest health epidemic.

Many public health experts support the effort by the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York, saying it was an early attempt to limit the size of portions, which have expanded dramatically over the years and are at the root of the obesity epidemic.

They, like Mayor Bloomberg, invoked other long public health battles, like those over tobacco and motor vehicle fatalities, to argue that the ruling was a temporary roadblock in a larger war on obesity that would probably take decades, and a lot of litigation, before seeing success. Even other anti-obesity measures taken by New York, like the ban on trans fats and the requirement that menus display calorie counts, wound up in court before they went into effect.

“This is a bump in the road,” said Dr. David Ludwig, a professor of pediatrics and nutrition at Boston Children’s Hospital. “We can take comfort from the time frames of other big public health campaigns. None were easy. None happened without legal challenges. The campaign against obesity has already begun on many levels.”

Read the complete blog post & comment here.

Read other related New York Times stories: Minority Groups and Bottlers Team Up in Battles Over Soda, Legal Battle Over Limits on Sugary Drinks May Outlast Mayor’s Tenure, and Legal Battle Over Limits on Sugary Drinks May Outlast Mayor’s Tenure.

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