CAMBRIDGE, MA - Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis proposed earlier this week limiting the size of sugar-sweetened beverages sold in city restaurants, the Boston Globe reports.
Inspired by a similar NYC proposal by Mayor Bloomberg and citing an increased risk of obesity and diabetes as reasoning for the resolution, Davis has asked the city€™s health officials to study the proposal and make a recommendation.
"As much free will as you can have in a society is a good idea," Davis said, "But with a public health issue, you look at those things that are dangerous for people, that need government regulation."
Davis said regulation might not be necessary to restrict the sale of large-sized sugary beverages in the city. She said city officials could offer a voluntary compliance agreement to vendors or create an incentive program to encourage cooperation.
Reaction to the proposal was swift. Don Puzy, the manager of a 7-Eleven in the city, called the mayor€™s proposal "absolutely crazy.€™€™
"We appreciate her trying to do something about the kids, their weight, but that is not the way to go about it," Puzy said. "There are a lot of programs for it €¦ starting from the schools €¦ Don€™t put it on the stores.€™€™