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Soda Drinkers Beware!

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  • Seems to be enough information out there about health risks. We need the government to stay out of telling us what we should or shouldn't do. People need to accept responsibility for themselves and their actions.
  • I think it is stupid to be targeting sodas and juice as if they are the only thing causing high obesity rates.

    You could almost replace soda/juice with cupcake in the article and it would read the same way.

    Americans know that stuff like that isn't good for them; they just don't necessarily care enough to do something about it.

    If there is to be a warning label on sodas it should be to a caffeine and sugar addiction hotline where they can get information on how best to kick the habit.

    For kids...I don't think school cafeterias should serve sodas or juice but other than that it's up to the parents to make the right choice when they are shopping and if they don't want their kid to get soda from the vending machine they shouldn't send them to school with money. Not to mention that banning stuff will only make the kids want it more and not teach them the value of moderation.
  • It would be interesting to have a ban during commercials and serve healthier liquids in schools. A campaign in the schools stressing the disadvantages of soda drinking is also valuable.What seemed to help cigarrette buying was a large tax on them. How bout putting a tax on sodas? It would bring in some much needed revenue to the feds and limit the amount that people would buy without considering the possibility of gaining weight. I donĀ“t think a warning label is needed;people do what they want to.
  • I agree with Carol. The goverment needs to stay out of our lives. Putting a warning label on soda isnt going to stop people from drinking it. Americans know soda is bad for you, and putting a label on it isn't going to stop people from drinking it. What about all the sugary fruit drinks out there, soda is bad for you, and so is koolaid and all the other sugary drinks that have no other nutritional value. Labels arent going to affect anyone, its just a way on the goverment trying to control Americans lives.

    I don't think there should be any soda machines in schools. There was never soda machines in our schools when we went to school. The only place there should be soda machines in the the teacher lounges. Soda machines in school is a bad idea because kids can drink as much as they want without their parents knowing.

    As for banning soda commericials on kids television shows, I dont think thats going to do anything either. Kids are still going to see soda commericals and still want to drink soda. It should be the parents job to control how much soda a child drinks, not the government.
    No more labels. 'Nuff said. They don't work.
  • This is ridiculous! The government needs to get out of our lives and concentrate on cutting our now 15 TRILLION debt!! If there's "excess" anywhere, it starts with our government! People know that regular soda is NOT healthy and has calories! People know that drinking a lot do them will add up and they might gain weight! Americans are not idiots! People who drink a lot of regular soda do it b/c they WANT TO! It's that warning label is going to stop them. Same thing as putting warning labels on donuts or other unhealthy food! Get some common sense people (in government)!!! When can Americans be responsible for their own lives and not have gvmnt keep getting involved?!?! About schools and pop, I can see it either way. I do not mind taking it out of schools, so parents don't have to worry about kids buying it there & not being able to keep track of their consumption, as parents should be doing and not the gvmnt
  • I'm all for banning it from schools and kiddie program commercials, but not on he labels for adults. People can decide to drink to their grave if they want, but we should @ least protect our children for some part of the day, i.e. school. (tho we can't control what happens when they get home @ least that's one less can a day...)
  • No to all the bans and warning labels. Even if soda's are not healthy - just like thousands of other foods, drinks, sports, and activities when done to excess - Freedom means that some people will screw up. Labels are only good for making people aware of what they don't or couldn't know. Sodas contain lots of sugar and empty calories - everyone knows it.
  • Pop is not healthy. I wish the article had included a mini blurb about why diet is not a good pop to drink either. I had to learn the hard way about diet pop.
  • Soda machines should be off during school hours. No commercials during kids' TV. I don' t think the warning label would affect consumption and especially not in young children.
    Labels won't teach people that EVERYTHING is "ok" in moderation.
  • I understand the idea of a warning label, but at this rate every food will have a label that says, "Eating too much of this will make you gain weight."

    We don't need labels and warnings. What we need is better nutrition education from the elementary level on, and a program to get undereducated adults involved too. It's a problem that starts at home and is established from a very young age, in many cases.
  • CINDY0619
    I don't think soda should have a warning by any means. If it did, all food would have to have a warning. Consuming too many calories in general, not consuming soda specifically is what makes people gain weight! If I drink one soda a day but only consume 1500 calories total, I will not gain weight (assuming I do more than literally lay around all day).
  • The only thing I have given up completely in my quest for lower weight and better health is soda. Any and all. Diet and/or Regular. The empty calories of sugared soda wasn't worth it and the chemicals in the diet are just not good for you.

    Since giving up on diet soda, I no longer eat any fake sweeteners. Which makes it so that I eat more REAL food. For ecample, I can no longer eat 'lite' yogurts with chemicals and processed fruits. I eat real greek yoburt with real fruit. With the nutrients in tact and healthful.

    I also notice that my cravings for sweets have gone down tremendously and I no longer get migraines. I'm starting to see a huge correlation between fake sweeteners and all sorts of physical ailments. Give up the pop, drink more water!!!
  • I'm wondering how the researchers defined soft drinks. Did they include both those containing high fructose corn syrup and those containing only cane sugar? I would imagine that these have very different health consequences (although cane sugar is still only good in moderation).

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