Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Obesity and Soft Drinks

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The rise in obesity in the United States has prompted politicians to consider legislature regarding the consumption of sugar.  Recently, leaders in Washington DC considered a "sugar tax" that would have had far-reaching effects on various food industries, however, it was voted down.

Recently New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, announced plans to ban the sale of large soft drinks in the city. His attempt to curb citizens of New York's super sized drink mentality has been met with controversy.

No matter what side you are on regarding this issue, it's note-worthy to remind everyone that most diets recommend reduction or even elimination of regular soft drinks, and sometimes diet soda.

Personal dieting experience has taught me over the years to eliminate regular soda. In fact I'm at the point that I prefer a Diet Coke over a regular one. My son-in-law had to face his soda addiction recently too. He is an electrician which is obviously a demanding physical job and a hot one here in Phoenix.  His day, from start to finish, included refilling a giant sized soft drink (44 to 64 ounces) with regular Pepsi Cola.  He recently decided he wanted to lose his love handles and went on a diet. It was interesting to me that the crux of his diet changes involved cutting out his daily soda, and replacing it with diet-soda or water. This one big change helped him lose that extra weight around his middle in less than a month!

Do you think it is government over-reach to tackle this growing epidemic of obesity caused by sugar addiction? Or are you in the camp that agrees with this sugar reduction effort, believing it is unfair for healthy citizens to have to pay tax dollars to deal with the health issues it causes?

Here are two articles on both sides of this issue:

New York Plans to Ban Sale of Big Sizes of Sugary Drinks

May 30, 2012
By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

New York Times Online

New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.

The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas.

(Continue reading article here)

New York soda ban won't work, marketing experts say

June 4th, 2012
By Mary MacVean
Los Angeles Times Online

Comedian Jon Stewart drank from an oversized soda cup on his show as he bemoaned the New York City mayor’s plan to ban the sale of super-sized sodas from ballparks and other thirst-inducing places. And, Stewart complained, the proposal did what little else could – got him to agree with conservatives.
(Continue reading article here)

What do you think? I'd love to hear if you've curbed your soda/sugar addiction in your efforts to lose weight on the 17-Day Diet!