Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, others back sugary drinks plan

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NEW YORK — Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and other diet groups said today they support the city’s proposed crackdown on super-sized, sugary drinks, adding prominent weight loss groups’ influence to the campaign ahead of a vote next week.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Weight Watchers North America President David Burwick said the groups join a list of physicians, elected officials and others who support of the plan.

Opponents, too, are counting their ranks: An opposition group called New Yorkers for Beverage Choices said Friday it has the backing of more than 2,000 businesses and 201,000 individuals.

The proposal is set to go to a Sept. 13 vote at the city Board of Health. Bloomberg appoints its members.

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