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New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is not going to stop fighting for a large soda ban in the city, even after a judge moved to block it on Monday.
“It wasn't a setback for me. It was a setback for the people who are dying,” Bloomberg told reporters today, reports The New York Daily News. “We just think that the judge was totally wrong.”
As we previously reported, the ban would have stopped the sale of 16-ounce soft drinks. It was supposed to kick in today, but New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling stopped it.
Tingling called the law “arbitrary and capricious” and noted that there were too many loopholes.
At today’s press conference, Bloomberg showed off a 64-ounce cup form KFC. “If you drink 800 calories full sugary drink, you are as hungry as before,” he said. “I want to leave this world a better place for my kids...We must change people's lives before they ever enter a hospital.”
According to The Wrap, Bloomberg also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, noting that 70,000 Americans will die of obesity in 2013, with 5,000 in NYC alone.
“We've got to do something,” he told Letterman. “For the first time in the history of the world more people will die from over-eating than under-eating this year.”
Bloomberg did say that one junk food is sage: Cheez-Its. “Cheez-its Are my addiction.”