I think that to educate children is a good idea, and we have already taken soda away from the schools here. But I think most adults who are drinking soda, know that it contains lots of calories and sugar, it is their choice. And they have ample opportunity to educate themselves on it.
A warning label? Seriously? What good is that going to do? It hasn't stopped people from continuing to smoke, I doubt it will deter them from drinking soda. Sodas and sugary drinks are only a small part of a much larger problem. As long as things are readily available, cheap and convenient, they will always be a part of life somewhere. I don't drink soda...diet or regular anymore.
I think it's ridiculous to consider putting "warning" labels on soda. I can't believe that there is any adult out there that doesn't know soda has more calories than water or diet soda! Now, as to soda in schools, I don't think it should be there. My parents never allowed us kids to drink soda. You can bet that if it were readily available in school, though, we'd have found a way to drink it! So having it in schools may be undermining parents. Just my $0.02!
My husband and I have pretty much given up soda, regular and diet. We will occasionally have one as a treat, but mostly drink either unsweetened iced tea or water. I do like some fruit juice once in a while, but I usually drink it mixed with water in a 1:1 ratio. I am NOT giving up my one cup of coffee with 1 tbsp of sugar and 1 tbsp of creamer in the morning.
I agree that warning labels do not work. If they did, there would be no smokers, no drug addicts, and no people dying from not wearing seat belts.
Our public school system no longer has soda machines in their cafeterias at all. The teachers break room does not have one anymore. We are serving hamburgers on whole wheat buns. Its a first step. The elementary school children are starting out with a healthier lunch, perhaps by the time they get to high school they can teach their families how to eat more nutritiously.
What we need in the US is an educational program about nutrition and health. We need parents and teachers to discuss these related topics, and set a good example themselves. Drop the coffee laced with cream and sugar, and start drinking water. Have a glass of milk or nut milk or soy milk with meals. Explain calories - that food is to keep our bodies functioning much the way exercise does and we need to quit beling a slave to our taste buds.
I read a few of the comments and many are great. But I would like to point out a couple of things that I know for a fact with soda and any product that is harmful to the body.....adding a label will not change the opinion of individuals....education is the key. I used to consume 1 can of diet soda a day and then the next thing I know...I was consuming a gallon a day!!! I wasn't "addicted" ...I just loved it more than other beverages. I ended up with hypertension and migraines from consuming so much. I have long since stopped soda all together (cold turkey) when I realized I was the cause of my poor health....not the soda companies. I had a choice to say no and didn't....now that I know what it was doing to my body....I chose my health over the luxury of soda ( diet) drinking...I immediately lost 40 lbs since I stopped and don't have to take meds for hypertension anymore. I just thank God I never developed diabetes from this poor choice of habit. Bottomline is....everyday we have to make choices and sometimes we don't make the best choice for our body.....but I know the healthy lifestyle articles on Sparkpeople have done more for me than a mere warning label.
Studies can prove anything. When one sets out to prove something, they are likely to find the connection they need. Seriously. I think blaming soda (pop) for people being over weight is a stretch....a long stretch. The bottom line is poor choices involving eating patterns. Corn Sugar is not broken down in the body any differently than any other kind of natural sugar. it is my opinion that we should stop trying to lay blame on industries and place it where it belongs... with our selves.
I really don't think warning labels will change consumption. It's a choice people have to make for themselves. I used to drink a lot of diet soda... one or two a day. I ended up in specialists' offices because I had malnutrition issues. The hematologist told me to get off the soda as an experiment. He said that aspartame can really do a number on your blood chemistry. Long story short, I've not had a single soda since October 2010. My blood chemistry has improved dramatically. I no longer visit a couple of the specialists involved in all that health drama. As someone who went from facing a possible bone marrow biopsy to someone who no longer needs a hematologist following me, I'll never go back to soda. It took a threat like that to make me stop, which is a good much more than any little warning label.
Its not just soda... its High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)! There is a chemical process that goes on in you body with anything you ingest. This link is a lecture by UCSF Professor of Pediatrics Robert H. Lustig, MD. He illustrates what our bodies do with soda (in particular) and HGCS in general.
Here's the link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM - You will probably want to use the download option because it is an hour and a half long and you'll also want to stop and go over some things more than once.
Just in case you think HFCS's are no big deal... We currently are seeing an outbreak of babies that are over weight. There is High Fructose Corns Syrup and Sugar (almost 50% in some cases) in baby formulas! That not giving them a bottle of food, that is giving them a milkshake!
PLEASE, WATCH THIS LECTURE! We've been messing around with our food and have no idea what the real cost is, but lots of people are making money on our declining health.
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