Tahlequah Daily Press

Get the scoop!

January 19, 2013

Sugar intake linked to body weight, study review confirms

(Continued)

LONDON —

The WHO has commissioned a second study, to be published sometime in the next few months, looking at sugars and tooth decay and will consider both analyses in its updated recommendation, Nishida said.

"Reducing the amount of sugar consumed in drinks deserves special attention because of the strength of the evidence and the ease with which excessive sugar is consumed in this form," said Walter Willett, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, and David Ludwig, a professor at the Boston Children's Hospital, in an editorial accompanying the study. "But questions remain. What is a desirable limit?"

In September, New York City's Board of Health approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to restrict sales of sugary soft drinks to no more than 16 ounces (450 grams) a cup. They rejected arguments from Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and restaurant companies whose coalition says the issue is about consumers' freedom to choose. The mayor is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

Recent efforts to tax soft drinks have foundered in at least 30 U.S. states. The federal government rejected an attempt in 2011 to bar purchases of sugared drinks with food stamps.

In Europe, a sugar tax in Denmark was abandoned in November after a fat tax was criticized for raising prices and droving consumers to shop in neighboring countries like Germany.

Soft-drink makers say their products contribute 7 percent of calories to the average daily diet in the U.S. and 3 percent in Europe, too little to be the cause of obesity.

Weight gain can be slowed by paying attention to the amount of calories consumed and burned through exercise, the American Beverage Association has said. Soda makers have offered smaller packages, labeled products with clearer calorie counts and agreed to stop selling sugary drinks in most schools.

Text Only
Get the scoop!
Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 U.N. School in Gaza Hit by Israeli Strike Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Officials Warn of Avoidable Death in Hot Cars Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record
Stocks