Physician groups want to limit kids' access to sugary drinks

Credit: FOX 47 News Michigan
Published on March 31, 2019 - Duration: 01:08s

Physician groups want to limit kids' access to sugary drinks

Physicians' groups have long taken a stand against high consumption of sugary drinks in the United States — and now they are calling for several policies to limit access to sugar-sweetened beverages among children and teens.


Physician groups want to limit kids' access to sugary drinks

PHYSICIANS' GROUPS HAVE LONGTAKEN A STAND AGAINST AMERICANSDRINKINGTOO MANY SUGARY DRINKS... ANDNOW... THEY ARE CALLING FORSEVERAL POLICIES THATWOULD LIMIT ACCESS TO MINORS.MEREDITH WOOD EXPLAINS.PARENTS AREN'T THE ONLY ONESCONCERNEDABOUTHOW MUCH SUGAR THEIR KIDSARE CONSUMING.

THE AMERICANACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS AND THEAMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HAVETEAMED UP, TARGETING THE MAKERSOF SUGARY BEVERAGES.THE TWO PHYSICIAN GROUPSRELEASED POLICYRECOMMENDATIONS FOR LAWMAKERSACROSS THE COUNTRY, TO ENCOURAGETHEM TO HELP REDUCE THE AMOUNTOF SUGARY DRINKS CHILDRENCONSUME.THE RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDEADDING A TAX ONTHOSE BEVERAGES.ACCORDING TO THE LEAD AUTHOR,TAXING THESEPRODUCTS WOULD HAVE THE GREATESTIMPACT.OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE:- A FEDERAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCEPROGRAM TOENSURE ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOODSAND DISCOURAGE SUGAR-SWEETENEDDRINKS- REGULATIONS THAT REQUIRE ADDEDSUGARCONTENTS BE LISTED ON PRODUCTLABELS, ADVERTISEMENTS ANDRESTAURANT MENUSAN INCREASE IN CHILDHOOD OBESITYAND TYPE TWODIABETES WERE AMONG THE REASONSBEHIND THE CHANGES.

THE AMERICANBEVERAGE ASSOCIATIONRESPONDED TOTHE POLICY SUGGESTIONS SAYINGPARENTS ARE THE ONES WHO SHOULDBE IN CHARGE OF THEIR CHILD'SNUTRITION.THEY ALSO ARGUE BEVERAGES ARENOT THESOLE REASON BEHIND THE COUNTRY

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