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Gulp! Protesters gather to support freedom to choose large sugary beverages in New York

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Benjamin, 8, Alana, 10, and Sara Lesczynski (L-R), 8, of New York, hold "Big Gulp" drinks while protesting the proposed "soda-ban," that New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has suggested, outside City Hall in New York on Monday. Under the proposed law, sugar drinks with no nutritional value would be banned from sale in New York City in containers larger than 16 ounces. Benjamin and his two sisters were brought to the protest by their father.

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Eric Moore attends a protest billed as the `'Million Big Gulp March" in lower Manhattan which is opposed to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to prohibit licensed food service establishments from using containers larger than 16 ounces on Monday in New York City. In an attempt by the administration to fight obesity, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans recently to implement a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts. The ban has proved controversial with many people saying it will not decrease obesity and will be a further erosion of personal choice.

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A protester holds a sign at the "Million Gulp" demonstration against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to prohibit licensed food establishments from using containers larger than 16 ounces to serve high-calorie drinks like colas at City Hall in New York.

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