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Graphic ad warns against overconsumption of sugared beverages

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This public service announcement put out by the New York City health department sure got my attention:

We Midwesterners tend to not want to get in people's faces this way, but you have to admit, it makes a point.

Not that I have anything in particular against soda. You could substitute a bottle of sports drink, a huge tumbler of lemonade, or hitting a little closer to home for me, a trendy pale ale.

Point is, Americans now consume 200-300 more calories each day than we did 30 years ago. And most of them are empty calories. We are literally pouring on the pounds.

And this, ultimately, has collective health consequences. How do we encourage each other to get a handle on this without sounding like food police?

Comments

Shane Garrett 4 years, 10 months ago

The answer is easy. Tax the heck out of all products that contain more than 2 grams of sugar per serving. Tax the business that produces it and then tax the consumer. If preventable diabetics want free health care then I want lower property taxes in exchange.

persevering_gal 4 years, 10 months ago

Technically, it does have collective health consequences in terms of taxpayer's dollars paying for obesity. Those who are obese and have no health coverage will cost taxpayers more for coverage than it would for preventative measures. Yes, it must remain a personal responsibility, but many people who are obese tend to have poor education in nutrition. Preventative measures is the right choice.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/2661486/Blue-collar-workers-unhealthier

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2004-01-22-obesity_x.htm

Marilyn Hull 4 years, 10 months ago

Did_I_say_that and persevering gal:

Thanks for the clarifications.

hungryhustler 4 years, 10 months ago

let people be fat if they want to. let people get stoned if they want to. taxing pepsi is not the answer. univeral health care is not DEF not the answer. Personal responsibility is the answer! The government needs to back off and let/make people stand on thier own two feet.

LoveThsLife 4 years, 10 months ago

That commercial was disgusting...point taken. ick.

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