Will the Ban of Large Sugary Drinks Reduce Obesity Prevalence in NYC?

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source: http://www.sugarstacks.com/beverages.htm

In 2012, public health experts, legislators, physicians, and the New York City government worked together to propose a ban on the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces to reduce the prevalence of obesity and related conditions. Much debate has surrounded the forthcoming ban, which goes into effect this week.

Obesity rates in the United States are among highest in the world. In 2010, the Center for Disease Control estimated that approximately 35.7 % of American adults and 17% of American children were obese. Many health-threatening comorbidities including type II diabetes, sleep apnea, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease add to the complications and discomfort that obesity causes on its own.

While epigenetics and other factors have been implicated in obesity, it is evident that the overconsumption of food and drink containing large amounts of sugar and fat is predominately responsible for this epidemic. As a result of the associated health complications, obesity has contributed to an excessive amount of medical spending. It has been associated with hundreds of thousands of deaths. The Center for Disease Control estimated expenses related to obesity to be approximately 75 billion dollars in 2003, significantly more than funds spent on alleviating the problems associated with smoking and excessive drinking.

Despite the obvious potential benefits, the ban has attracted severe opposition from the American Beverage Association and various New York City beverage retailers, who argue that the ban will harm the economy and disproportionally affect small, minority-owned businesses. They also contend that the ban is an invasion of personal choice and that sugary drinks are not the major cause of obesity. Despite arguments and predictions, the health and economic effects of the ban will not likely be seen for several years. Overall, it is expected that the ban will positively affect the health of New Yorkers.

Additional news: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/14/nyregion/health-board-approves-bloombergs-soda-ban.html

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