The mayor of New York City and the governor of New York state have proposed making sugar-sweetened drinks ineligible for purchase with food stamps in New York City, citing the beverages’ role in obesity and diabetes. In a press release, they say that obesity is “almost twice as prevalent among the City’s poorest households compared to the wealthiest (30 percent vs. 17 percent),” and Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs stated that “Sugary drinks are the single largest contributor to the obesity epidemic, and these beverages are affecting our children and families now more than ever.” Is NYC doing the best it can to care for the health of its less wealthy residents, or is it treating them as if they are incapable of making their own decisions?

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