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Mississippi passes 'Anti-Bloomberg' bill

Mississippi passes 'Anti-Bloomberg' bill
Large size drink containers are available for customers to choose at a 7 Eleven In New York City on March 7, 2013. On March 12th New York City will restrict sales of sugary soft drinks to no more than 16 ounces a cup in restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums and arenas after the Board of Health approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan. UPI/John Angelillo | License Photo

JACKSON, Miss., March 21 (UPI) -- Mississippi has enacted an "Anti-Bloomberg" law that prevents counties, districts and towns from limiting portion sizes for food or beverages.

The law signed by Gov. Phil Bryant Monday was dubbed the "Anti-Bloomberg" bill in response to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempts to ban large servings of sugary drinks, CNN said.

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The new law in Mississippi says the state Legislature has the authority to regulate the sales and marketing of food.

"It simply is not the role of the government to micro-regulate citizens' dietary decisions," Bryant wrote about his decision. "The responsibility for one's personal health depends on individual choices about a proper diet and appropriate exercise."

Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity in the nation, CNN reported, but Bryant said recent studies indicate obesity among elementary students has dropped.

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