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Jun 19, 2012 1:17 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Cambridge, Mass. mayor considers large soda ban

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - The mayor of Cambridge, Mass., has proposed limiting the size of soda and sugar-sweetened beverages sold in city restaurants.

Mayor Henrietta Davis on Monday asked the city's health officials to research her idea and make a recommendation on limiting beverage sizes.

Davis cited an increased risk of obesity and diabetes as reasoning behind the resolution. The city adjacent to Boston is home to Harvard and MIT.

She said her proposal was inspired by a similar measure in New York City.

In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal would prohibit licensed food service establishments in the city from using containers bigger than 16 ounces to serve high-calorie drinks like colas.

Consumers could buy another round, but restaurants couldn't serve the 20-ounce cups now popular at fast food eateries.

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