agree with The Sun’s editors that obesity is one of the country’s most serious
health issues (“A new kind of Cola War, 10/22”). However, targeting soda alone,
absent a focus on actions and efforts to achieve healthier diets and lifestyles
will not result in our collective goal – healthier communities.
manage weight, most experts agree the key is an active, healthy lifestyle.
There are many factors that underpin these three words, but I will focus on two
– a balanced, sensible diet and regular physical activity. These two components
are key to achieving a healthy energy balance.
Consequently, a singular focus on soft drinks will not reverse the situation. Despite what was proposed – it is not the "magic pill" – there is no single solution. And as the old saying reminds us – the simple answer isn't right, and the right answer isn't simple.
CDC data recently showed people consume more sugar from foods than beverages. Moreover, sugar consumption from soda has decreased by nearly 40 percent and regular sugar sweetened beverages represent approximately seven percent of American calories consumed.
are most concerned by allegations of beverages in schools. Beginning in 2006,
We are a business with employees, friends and families in the Baltimore area and we care about the health of our collective community, locally and everywhere we do business. Addressing this challenge will require comprehensive efforts working across all sectors in the community, including businesses, government and civil society. While there may be different views, it’s clear we must come together – and work together – to find meaningful solutions to obesity.