GI News—May 2009

In a ‘Perspective’ piece in the New England Journal of Medicine, Yale University’s Kelly Brownell and New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden write that a penny-per-ounce tax on sugared beverages could both reduce consumption and generate revenue for needed programs to prevent obesity among children and adults. They review scientific studies that show that taxes could substantially reduce consumption of sugared beverages, cut caloric intake and help prevent obesity and diabetes as well as the consequences of these conditions. In ‘Food for Thought,’ nutritionist and economist, Prof Barry Popkin explains why soft drinks are only part of the problem and drinking more water is an easy step we can all take to better health.

Good eating, good health and good reading.

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