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Mayor Bloomberg Announces Support of City's Anti Obesity Proposal

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Streamed live on Sep 4, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs and Health Commissioner Farley Announce Weight Watchers and Leading Weight Loss Organizations Support City's Anti-Obesity Proposal

Nation's Weight Loss Experts Back Plan to Limit Size of Sugary Beverages, Which are a Leading Contributor to the Nation's Obesity Epidemic

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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley were joined today by Weight Watchers President Dave Burwick to announce Weight Watchers' support for the City's plan to limit the size of sugary drinks sold at food service establishments to 16 ounces or less. Sugary beverages are a leading driver of the obesity epidemic, which is worsening around the country. The proposal will be voted on by the New York City Board of Health on September 13th. Nearly 60 percent of New York City adults and 40 percent of children are overweight or obese and one in eight adult New Yorkers has diabetes. The City also released statements of support from weight loss experts, including the creator of the Best Life Diet, the creator of the South Beach Diet, the CEO of Jenny Craig, the creator of the Dukan Diet and the creator of Picture Perfect Weight Loss. The Mayor made the announcement at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, a Make NYC Your Gym location, where he was joined by Weight Watchers member and Queens resident Rachelle Conley who recently lost 91 pounds and attributes much of her successful weight loss to ending her consumption of sugary drinks, as well as Council Member Gale Brewer.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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