New Yorkers themselves have mixed feelings about the proposal.
"On the one hand, I understand that the point is to help people eat healthier, and it raises awareness about eating well, which I'm for," said beach-product wholesaler Ryan Gloor, who is in his 30s.
"But, I also think people should be able be able to make their own decisions about what they eat," he added. "And I also think from a business perspective this isn't great."
So on which side does the Upper West Side resident finally come down? "Well, I think it's maybe kind of a stretch," Gloor said.
If approved, the regulations could take effect by next March. They will not affect sales of beverages containing fruit juices or alcohol.
Nor will they limit customers from purchasing as many individual 16-ounce drinks as they wish.
"If you want to kill yourself, I guess you have the right to do it," Bloomberg told a small crowd of ban protestors outside of City Hall this summer, the Associated Press reported. "We're trying to do something about it."
For more on obesity, visit the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Copyright © 2012 HealthDay. All rights reserved.