Limiting 'Sugary Drinks' to Reduce Obesity — Who Decides?
368 New England Journal of Medicine 1763 (May 9, 2013)
Posted: 23 May 2013
Date Written: April 1, 2013
In March 2013, Judge Tingling decision striking down New York City Board of Health's Portion Cap Rule, limiting the serving size of sodas, sparked heated reactions. But the question before the judge was not about the health risks posed by obesity or even the relationship between obesity and access to large cups of sugary drinks; it was whether the Board (part of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) had the legal authority to restrict the serving size of such drinks. This article briefly describes the judge's decision and possible lessons for choosing sensible measures to achieve public health goals.
The article is available on the Journal's website.
Keywords: health law, board of health authority, obesity, soda
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