What was planned to be a forum for the public to give their opinion about New York's proposed soda ban, the only voices heard were from politicians, industry representatives and advocacy groups.
The environment turned rather heated during the announcement made by New York's health commissioner, Thomas Farley, while conveying Mayor Bloomberg's intended ban on large-sized soda drinks.
As per the proposal, all food outlets must restrict the cup and container size for soda to a maximum of 16 fluid ounces.
The popular opinion doing the rounds questioned the need for such a ban, especially when the main culprit behind growing rates of obesity is calorie laden fast food.
Instead, what is needed for a lasting influence is to cough up on programs that encourage regular physical activity especially in underprivileged neighbourhoods.