Posts Tagged ‘sugar sweetened soft drinks’

Coke & Corpulence

January 18, 2013

Coke & Corpulence
The Coca Cola Corporation is trying to dilute the flood of criticism it gets for selling the sugar-sweetened beverages that drive America’s obesity epidemic. The PR campaign features a slick new TV ad that tries to shift attention from the firm’s famous sugary fluids to Coke’s low-calorie drinks. Critics have re-edited the ad for accuracy:

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New York City: Panic in Sugar Park!

June 6, 2012

New York City: Panic in Sugar Park!

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on big sugary sodas seems to have lost its fizz. The backlash and outrage have quenched any chance of its adoption:

“Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban proposal hits the wall,” Marion Nestle, Food Politics

There’s also a super-sized lobbying campaign by a soft drink industry front group.

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This Just In: Sugar Water is Bad for Kids

May 31, 2011

This Just In: Sugar Water is Bad for Kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) wants America’s kids and teens to stop chugging the sugary sports drinks and caffeinated energy drinks that make youngsters edgy and obese. This should not be news, since no one benefits from sports swill. Doctors agree that the best product for hydration is water.

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Sugar-Sweetened Drinks: Bigger Than Ever

December 7, 2010

Sugar Soft Drrinks: Bigger Than Ever

Bechara Choucair, MD., Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health on the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) tax :

“. . . the challenge for those of us in public health is as clear as a glass of water. Convince the electorate that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: that the amount people would pay upfront in SSB taxes is a pittance compared to society’s savings down the road in reduced medical costs and longer and more productive lives—assuming taxes would result in reduced consumption of SSBs.

If it does, SSB levy is not only a tax all of us can live with, but live healthier.”

“Whatever the outcome of the current debate to increase taxes on SSBs, there is no denying that America’s obesity epidemic—leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other public health ills, is taking a terrible human and financial toll on the nation. We currently spend an estimated $79 billion annually in obesity-related health care costs; and that figure rises each year.”

— “The Debate Over Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages,” Bechara Choucair, MD, Britannica Blog.

Who could be against that? Big sugar, big bottlers, big beverage haulers and big retail, all masquerading as “Americans Against Food Taxes.”

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Jock Juice Kills Soda Tax Bill

May 24, 2010

Jock Juice Kills Soda Tax Bill

The District of Columbia Council was considering a tax on sugar-sweetened soft drinks last week when Ward 5 Council Member Harry Thomas, Jr.  started waving bottles of sugary “sports drink”:

“Thomas, armed with bottles of Gatorade, argued that the proposal was too confusing because it would also apply to some sports drinks and protein shakes.

‘This is a 20-ounce bottle of Gatorade,’ said Thomas, a little league sports coach. ‘So if I take this 20 ounce bottle and the tax applies, that means each one is 20 cents more … for something I want my kids to have after a game.'”

If 20 cents would keep the Councilman from dosing innocent kids with over-priced Kool-Aid, that’s one more reason to pass such a bill. Sports drinks are bad for kids, and bad for legislation, too. Gatorade grandstanding worked; the DC Soda Tax bill is dead.

The soda tax bill was aimed at curbing childhood obesity and funding a healthy school lunch program. Sugar-drink champions beat the soda-taxers at their own game: they demanded sugary sports drinks “for the sake of the children.”

[Quoted excerpt above from “Council all but kills soda tax,” Tim Craig, Washington Post.]

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Soda Tax Target

May 20, 2010

Soda Tax Target

“The typical American consumes almost three times as many calories from sugary drinks as in the late 1970s. This increase accounts for about half the total per capita rise in calorie consumption over the same period. Remember, many of these drinks have zero nutritional benefit — unlike meat, cheese, or juice. As Kelly Brownell, a Yale researcher, says, the link between obesity and soda is scientifically stronger than the link between obesity and any other type of food or beverage.”

“The Battle Over Taxing Soda,” Davis Leonhardt, New York Times.

 

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