Published: Jun 05, 2012 6:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - Officials are highlighting the dangers of obesity as part of New York City's fight against big, sugary drinks.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Tom Farley were among the officials who appeared Tuesday at Montefiore (mahn-tuh-fee-OR') Medical Center in the Bronx.
The mayor says that this year, New York City is expecting 7,000 deaths linked to smoking and nearly 6,000 resulting from obesity.
He says smoking deaths are going down, but obesity is on the rise.
Bloomberg says that's why his proposed ban on large, sugary drinks in eateries is necessary.
Pediatrics Chair Dr. Philip Ozuah (uh-ZOO'-uh) said the number of youngsters being treated for diabetes at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore has gone up 40 percent in the last two years. .

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