Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nationwide Efforts to Reduce the Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

UPDATE:  Yesterday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a ban on “Big Gulp,” large-size sugar sweetened beverages sold in restaurants, movie theaters, sports arenas and other venues regulated by the New York health department. The sale of any cup or bottle of a sugary drink larger than 16 fluid ounces would be barred. Bloomberg’s first in the nation plan requires the approval of the Board of Health and could take effect as early as March 2013. The mayor’s bold action is grounded on public health - two-thirds of New Yorkers are overweight or obese. Dr. Thomas Farley, New York’s public health commissioner, blames sugary drinks for up to half the increase in the city’s obesity rates over the past 30 years, according to the New York Times. The proposed “Big Gulp” ban comes on the heels of New York’s public health’s ban on trans fat in restaurants and a requirement that health
inspection letter grades be posted in restaurant windows.

Colorado has not escaped the national obesity epidemic. While still the “leanest” state in the nation, Colorado’s obesity rate more than doubled during the past 15 years and the state ranks 29th in childhood obesity. One in four Colorado adults and one in eight Colorado children are obese. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) remains committed to the fight against obesity, ensuring that the healthy choice is the easy choice by supporting increased physical activity and ensuring access to healthy foods and beverages.

Sugar sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugar in the U.S. diet according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines. Studies have shown an association between consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and dental caries. During the past decade, state and local governments, citizen coalitions, universities and health care professionals have begun to tackle the issue of SSB consumption through academic research, educational campaigns and policy efforts.

LISTEN to an interview with Susan Motika, the Colorado report's editor on the national trends and developments in Colorado regarding sugar-sweetened beverages.  Click HERE for a podcast on sugar-sweetened beverages or listen below:

Contact Chris Lindley, director of the CDPHE Prevention Services Division, for more information.

1 comment:

  1. Nice Podcast! Isn't sugar and corn sugar subsidized by the Government?