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    Sen. Alex Padilla, who led a campaign requiring big restaurant chains to disclose calories in meals, said on Thursday he planned to hold hearings in November on the link between soda consumption and obesity.

    The announcement from Padilla -- who chairs the California Senate's Select Committee on Obesity and Diabetes -- coincides with the release of a study that shows nearly two-thirds of children aged 12 to 17 gulp down at least one sugar-sweetened beverage daily.

    According to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, 62 percent of children aged 12 to 17, and 41 percent of children aged 2 to 11, drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage a day.

    "I don't think that most parents truly appreciate the role soda pop has in causing weight gain," Padilla said. "It is unfortunate that soda is actually cheaper than milk and even bottled water in many instances."

    Padilla said California needs to do more to educate the public about the health effects of drinking too much soda and to consider its options for reducing soda consumption among children.

    California was the first state to pass menu labeling rules and has been among the pioneers of public health initiatives such as bans on artery-clogging trans-fats in restaurant cuisine and on soda sales in public schools.

    Experts say the U.S. obesity epidemic has turned into a public health crisis and overweight adolescents are starting to suffer problems that used to plague mainly middle-aged adults -- early heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

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    The American Heart Association in August took on the $115 billion soft drink industry, recommending that Americans cut back dramatically on sugar and singling out soft drinks as the top source of "discretionary" sugar calories.

    The group said women should eat no more than 100 calories of added processed sugar per day, or six teaspoons (25 grams), while most men should keep it to just 150 calories or nine teaspoons (37.5 grams).

    To put that in perspective, one 12-ounce (355-millilitre) can of soda can contain as much as 13 teaspoons (54.6 grams) of sugar, often in the form of high fructose corn syrup.

    That's more than half the total 22 teaspoons (90 grams) or 355 calories of added sugar consumed by the average American each day, according to a 2004 government survey.

    Being overweight costs, experts say.

    Obesity-related diseases account for nearly 10 percent of all medical spending in the United States, or an estimated $147 billion annually. Health experts increasingly are calling for taxes on soft drinks and other sweetened beverages to offset medical costs and fund public health efforts.

    "If we are serious about curbing the obesity epidemic, we have to start with the biggest culprit," said Harold Goldstein, executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.

    A strongly worded report on child obesity released earlier this month recommended that state and local governments tax junk food and soft drinks, give tax breaks to grocery stores that open in blighted neighborhoods and build bike trails. Some public health experts would like to see tax proceeds used to make fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable.

    The American Beverage Association has opposed efforts to tax soda and other beverages and says it provides a wide variety of beverage choices, including drinks with zero calories.

    "If our goal is to address obesity, then educating consumers about the importance of balancing calories consumed from all foods and beverages with the calories expended through physical activity is what matters -- not demonizing any one particular food," the group said in a statement on Thursday.

    An industry group called Americans Against Food Taxes -- whose backers include soft drink maker PepsiCo Inc, the American Beverage Association, the Corn Refiners Association and McDonald's Corp -- is running anti-soda tax advertisements on television, radio and on the Internet.
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    well, they better ban video games, home video, 1500 channel cable systems and the internet, then.

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    What the fuck are you doing?

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    They don't think parents know how much sugar is in soda??? Give me a break. Soda has been around for how many years??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raldo View Post
    They don't think parents know how much sugar is in soda??? Give me a break. Soda has been around for how many years??
    well...look how long it took the man to start unleashing the hounds on smoking and smokers.
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    This why California continues to fail.

    Out of all the problems this state has, this pud-knocker wants to target soft-drinks. Lets not fool ourselves, all this jackass wants to do is find an excuse to raise another tax on them. He couldn't care less about the health of children.

    I'm going to let you guys in on a secret.

    The rise in childhood obesity can be directly be trace to the shrinking backyards of new American homes. Most of use over 35 had a large yard to play in when we were kids. Today, most modern subdivisions don't include large backyards because they squeeze every inch into housing. Homes are oversized while backyards have shrunk to being almost non-existant. So if the state wanted to make a serious effort to punish a prime culprit of childhood obesity then they could pass a law requiring a large backyard be required for every new home, and to assess downward the vakue of homes that have small yards.

    The other key to child obesity in California is the state has cut P.E. programs in public schools. We used to get an hour every day doing something. Those cuts have come from both funding issues AND from lawsuits from parents of children who's darlings got hurt playing tag, dodgeball, softball, or some other activity. If this guy was serious about addressing childhood obesity, he would mandate P.E. in public schools. He would also find a way to limit lawsuits against public schools.

    That would be the smart way to go, which is why assface is targeting softdrinks.
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    Diminshing Yard size also accounts for the decrease in wiffle ball sales over the years. I say kids should take to the streets and play stickball maybe find this Reps house and knock some hardballs through his front window maybe it will hit him in the head. I feel for you guys in California.
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    we used to have a lot more PE in schools, as well as recesses in the morning, after lunch, in the afternoon, not to mention before school opened.

    and we ran around the neighborhood and played wiffle ball in our 1 acre + yard all summer long.


    Soda and candy were treats, not an everyday part of the diet. We didn't sit down to a meal with a glass of soda.. just milk or water and in the summer tea and occasionally Kool aid.


    now you see kids walking down the street carrying a 2 litre bottle (cause you can get them for a buck at the grocery store and a 16oz bottle is $1.50)


    but I think it really all boils down to inactivity..too much time sitting on our asses...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    we used to have a lot more PE in schools, as well as recesses in the morning, after lunch, in the afternoon, not to mention before school opened.

    and we ran around the neighborhood and played wiffle ball in our 1 acre + yard all summer long.


    Soda and candy were treats, not an everyday part of the diet. We didn't sit down to a meal with a glass of soda.. just milk or water and in the summer tea and occasionally Kool aid.


    now you see kids walking down the street carrying a 2 litre bottle (cause you can get them for a buck at the grocery store and a 16oz bottle is $1.50)


    but I think it really all boils down to inactivity..too much time sitting on our asses...
    Great post and so true!

    You'd think our government would attend to more important issues than this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    This why California continues to fail.

    Out of all the problems this state has, this pud-knocker wants to target soft-drinks. Lets not fool ourselves, all this jackass wants to do is find an excuse to raise another tax on them. He couldn't care less about the health of children.

    Absolutely it's all about taxes and I for one think it's a fantastic idea. I think it's the perfect product for another "sin tax" that will more evenly effect consumers than just people that drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes. Drinking super sized sodas all day or sticking soda in baby bottles isn't healthy either so let the government dip into these peoples pockets. This could probably pay for Obama's health care plan.
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    Yeah. It's all yard size. Big Gulps have nothing to do with it.
    I knew plenty of kids who lived in apartments growing up. None of them were
    fat. I get it that this soda thing is another entry into Tales of the Completely
    Obvious, but sft drinks are evil. And unless you're a twelve year old kid,
    I'm not sure you have a real excuse to drink that shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E-roc View Post
    Yeah. It's all yard size. Big Gulps have nothing to do with it.
    I knew plenty of kids who lived in apartments growing up. None of them were
    fat. I get it that this soda thing is another entry into Tales of the Completely
    Obvious, but sft drinks are evil. And unless you're a twelve year old kid,
    I'm not sure you have a real excuse to drink that shit.
    I'm older than twelve and I drink sodas. And I'm not seriously obese. If you don't sit on your rear end watching tv or playing on the internet all day, I don't think drinking soda is going to kill you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    we used to have a lot more PE in schools, as well as recesses in the morning, after lunch, in the afternoon, not to mention before school opened.
    No Child Left Behind Act killed PE...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lacy_vious View Post
    I'm older than twelve and I drink sodas. And I'm not seriously obese. If you don't sit on your rear end watching tv or playing on the internet all day, I don't think drinking soda is going to kill you.

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    Wouldn't it be nice if it were that simple? Unfortunately, it's not.

    We're all wired differently, lacy. Especially when it comes to our metabolisms. One doesn't have to be sedentary to gain a lot of weight off of sodas. Activity level is a part of the equation, but you also have to factor in BMR, sensitivity to sugar, family medical history, etc.

    The issue that is bigger than obesity when it comes to sodas, however, is diabetes. Someone that drinks big gulps all day long but metabolizes sugar well is still raising their blood sugar level to ridiculous heights.

 

 

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