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Cambridge mayor wants large soda ban considered

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The mayor of Cambridge 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 make a recommendation on limiting beverage sizes at the city council proceedings.

Davis cited an increased risk of obesity and diabetes as reasoning behind the resolution.

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.