Big Apple Rules on Large Soda Ban, Free Refills to Live On?

By Scott Sarvay

September 13, 2012 Updated Sep 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM EDT

New York (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The largest city in the country has passed a ban on super sized sodas.

It's New York City’s latest attempt at curbing the obesity epidemic.

The aim is to cut calories and whittle the waistline of the more than 50-percent of New Yorkers, considered overweight or obese.

A typical 12 ounce can of soda is the amount allowed under the ban.

The typical single-serve bottle of soda is 20 ounces, which is more than what will be allowed.

It appears other cities might follow suit.

Dr. Barry Popkin with the University of North Carolina says, “Boston has started talking about it, a number of cities in California, a number of cities in the Midwest, so what Mayor Bloomberg has done and the city of New York has done has started the dialogue on a critical issue."

Despite a likely legal battle, the ban is expected to take effect in March.

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