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New York City passed the first United States ban of oversized sugary drinks on Thursday in its latest controversial step to reduce obesity and its deadly complications in a nation with a weight problem.
By an 8-0 vote with one abstention, the mayoral-appointed city health board outlawed sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces nearly everywhere they are sold, except grocery and convenience stores. Violators of the ban, which does not include diet sodas, face a US$200 (S$244) fine.
About one-third of Americans are obese, and about 10 per cent of the nation's healthcare bill is tied to obesity-related diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.