When New York City's Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced last week that he planned to propose a municipal ban on large sodas in restaurants, he triggered strong reactions that ranged from congratulatory to incredulous. On the one hand, sugar-sweetened beverages are an undeniable contributor to growing rates of obesity, diabetes and other forms of metabolic syndrome in both children and adults. On the other, some argue, at a certain point point, individuals must take responsibility for their own dietary choices.
But beyond that, would a ban on big gulps actually work to reduce obesity-related illness? We asked two leading experts to weigh in.