Beneful reports that soda, pop, soft drinks, sugary drinks. Whatever you want to call them, they have long been blamed for the obesity epidemic that is plaguing our nation. Citizens and officials have done everything they can think of to help combat this epidemic from banning soft drinks and sugary drinks in schools, to banning them outright, to imposing taxes. New York City received a lot of media attention and served up controversy when it attempted to limit the size of sugary drinks and soft drinks being sold in restaurants and fast food chains. Now San Francisco is entering the war by requiring soft drink and other sugary drink manufacturers to put warning on their ads.
The effectiveness of warnings is up for debate, but to many people it is clear that something needs to be done. Obesity has skyrocketed in the last few decades, causing a score of health problems, including diabetes and heart disease. Not only are adults becoming larger, but there are more obese children than there were a few decades ago. There are many reasons for this, but it is clear that the amount of sugary drinks American consume are on the rise.
Many health officials are particularly worried about the health risks of drinking calories. Not only do most people forget to count the calories they consume in beverages, but it takes longer for a person to feel full after drinking than after eating food.