sugar tax

High Calorie Drinks Reduced In Schools

September 6th, 2012

A while ago, we blogged about a possible sugar tax being implemented on foods with added sugar and sweeteners, such as soft drinks. It was designed to discourage both adults and children from purchasing unhealthy food and drink. Now it seems that the next step has been taken by reducing the availability of these items in schools, helping to further combat obesity.

There has been a huge reduction in drink calorie content available in schools (90%) between 2004-10. These numbers reflect the partnership between the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association with major drink companies to lessen these drinks' availability.

Vending machines in schools now look much different than in previous years. An assortment of water, milk, juice and sports drinks is what's typically available versus an assortment of sodas before. An assessment of the foods offered in school cafeterias will be underway soon as well.

As the obesity rate climbed, officials began to take notice and search for the cause. Christopher Ashley, supervisor of food and nutrition for Springfield City Schools, said:

“Nine years ago I came into this segment of food service, and you’d see a Honey Buns and two Mountain Dews for breakfast. Now kids are going through the line and getting a better breakfast. That’s just the start.”

The alliance between the William J. Clinton Foundation and beverage companies should continue to make a difference. As stated above, obesity rates have dropped significantly in the past few years. With an emphasis placed on health and wellness not just in schools, but in the media, it is believed that the rate will continue to drop. Once the school menus reflect the nutrition of the drinks, students will be at a major advantage for better overall health.

It's important to note that reducing the consumption of soft drinks will improve your smile! Drs. Ali & Ali are committed to spreading oral health awareness and urge you to opt for healthier drinks that don't damage teeth. Feel free to contact us with any questions at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

 

Possible Sugar Tax

February 13th, 2012

The over consumption of sugar has become a worldwide epidemic over the past fifty years. Experts in the United States are proposing a tax to moderate unhealthy sugar intake. The tax would apply to foods that have added sugar or sweeteners, such as soft drinks. Other countries have already implemented such taxes on unwholesome foods.

This excess sugar consumption is associated with the rise in obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. In addition, researchers believe that a ban preventing young children from purchasing unhealthy foods may be a key to developing healthy eating habits early on. For adults, the tax would discourage the purchase of sugary foods and drinks, which in turn would promote a healthier lifestyle.

Major changes like these take time and are certain to be faced with adversity. It’s hard to say if and when this tax would be imposed. How do you, our readers, feel about the proposed sugar tax?

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