You do realize that you can still have it, right? And, yes, we do have plenty of problems in the world. Obesity and especially diabetes are out of control. Childhood diabetes if off the charts in its meteoric rise. And sadly, the kids who are most affected and harmed by soda are the poor kids. I could look around for a ton of studies to prove this, but I think we have already done that before on here. If you don't want them to start here, where do you want them to start? Because the whole "leave it up to the individual!" thing isn't working out so well as we see our nation crippled with obesity and diabetes related health care costs and a weakened and disabled population, with a weakened and disabled population rising up beneath us.
Love this perspective on obesity and poverty and the role that soda plays in it. http://www.laobserved.com/intell/201...s_or_not_f.php
The tyranny of liquid calories
The new studies showed that obesity rates and the proximity of stores were unrelated, but what about the kind of food purchased and taken home ? A recent study in Pediatric Dentistry showed that "Low SES children consistently had significantly greater consumption of soda pop than high socioeconomic families." Why do poor parents buy more soda pop? Because it is cheap, omnipresent, and tasty.
It may also be the single most destructive element in the human diet. Barry Popkin, the current dean of obesity studies, has even argued that because humans evolved without liquid calories (except for breast milk) they are uniquely unsuited to metabolize them. "High-sugar drinks didn't even exist until 150 years ago, and they weren't consumed in significant amounts until the past 50 years," he has noted. "This is just a blip on our evolutionary timeline." Liquid calories don't make us feel full. We eat too much. We get fat.
No human needs to be drinking soda, but no human needs to be drinking a 64 oz big gulp, in particular. http://www.healthytimesblog.com/2011...n-your-drinks/ Look at that. That is sick. To put that into your body is sick. I'm all for the ban.