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Not all keen on Cambridge soda limits

Many thirsty Cambridge workers said they wantedtheir dietary decisions to be their own and not the city's.

While reaction to the Cambridge mayor's proposal to limit the size of sugary drinks was mixed, many thirsty Cambridge workers said they wanted their dietary decisions to be their own and not the city's.

Jake Ronald, who works in Cambridge, went to a 7-Eleven near Kendall Square yesterday for an afternoon treat.

"It's up to everyone to make their own choices," said Ronald, while holding a 40-ounce watermelon Slurpee. "People are just going to end up spending more to get ... two drinks."

During a meeting Monday night, Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis proposed that the city limit the size of sugary drinks served in restaurants. It was referred to the city's committee on community health.

"High intake of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages increases the risk of obesity and diabetes," according to a policy order submitted on the topic. "New York City has a plan to limit the serving size of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages sold in restaurants."

While Davis' order did not include specifics, she said it would be similar to the ban proposed earlier this year by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Globe reports.

Bloomberg's plan would limit sugary bottled or fountain drinks to 16 ounces in eateries and venues. It would not affect diet soda, drinks that are more than 70 percent juice or convenience or grocery stores.

Last year Boston Mayor Thomas Menino banned soda, sports drinks and other sugary drinks from city property. However Bostonians may be safe as city officials said they are not ready to limit drink sizes.

Dan Kirouac sat inside a 7-Eleven yesterday while sipping on a 16-ounce diet soda. He said he understood the principal of the proposal, but not its target.

"There are a ton of other things more unhealthy," he said. "You could still buy an 8-ounce soda and half a dozen Twinkies."

 
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