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  • Bottom Line: We’re Fat because We Don’t Exercise

    In recent years, Americans have developed an obsession with caloric intake and its role in weight loss. But have we coupled that with getting off the couch and getting active?  A new study says…not so much.  Sugar isn’t the big culprit.  Lack of exercise is.    

    A new study published yesterday in the American Journal of Medicine reported that over the last 20 years there has been a sharp drop in Americans’ physical exercise. The Stanford University researchers looked at NHANES data over the last 20 years, and found that the number of U.S. women who reported doing no physical activity went from 19.1% in 1994 to 51.7% in 2010. For men, the number increased from 11.4% in 1994 to 43.5% in 2010. To add to this, body mass index averages have also increased, yet average caloric intake has basically stayed the same.

    The study echoes what we already know. Instead of placing the blame on one single product for America’s obesity epidemic, start educating yourself and your family about balanced and active lifestyles. Diet beverages specifically, are a proven effective tool for weight loss, and calorie information for beverages is more accessible than ever. The Clear on Calories Initiative and Calories Count Vending Program are both designed to help consumers make informed choices when selecting a beverage that right for them.

    Essentially, the obesity epidemic is caused by many factors, and its solution will have to incorporate many different strategies.  No tax, ban, or government regulation will slim our waists. Instead, we need to get moving again America.

  • Laws Won’t Cure Obesity

    Even though SB 1000, California’s soda warning label bill, failed, it created a ton of misleading buzz in the media regarding sugar-sweetened beverages as the cause of America's diabetes and obesity problems.

    Health, whether the health of an individual or the collective health of millions of Americans, is complex and the result of multiple factors  Yet politicians are trying to put all the blame on one single product. Liz Applegate, senior lecturer in the nutrition department at UC-Davis, points out in her  Sacramento Bee op-ed, that this scapegoating is grossly misleading. Consumers haven’t and shouldn’t believe the overly simplistic – and highly inaccurate – explanation for obesity that some politicians want to push on them – that sugar-sweetened beverages are the main cause of their health problems and that somehow taxing or banning these products will solve these issues.

    Today, beverage companies have put a number of low- and no-calorie beverage options on the market that consumers can choose for themselves and their families. In fact, the use of low-calorie sweeteners can actually help in weight management, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    The bottom line is, instead of misleading consumers and imposing ridiculous taxes and bans on everyday household products, politicians should invest in educational programs and initiatives that would help people make informed decisions when they are grocery shopping.  For instance, did you know that during the past four decades as obesity rates climbed, the American food supply added an additional 445 calories per day. While fats, oils and starches comprised 376 (84%) of these additional calories, sugar – from all sources – played a relatively minor role, contributing only 34 calories (9%).

    Government, please just leave the grocery shopping to us. We don’t need you to make these decisions for us.     

  • Bye Bye (Forever) Bloomberg Soda Ban

    New Yorkers are tough, resilient and independent.  Anybody who has been to the five boroughs knows; you can’t push around a New Yorker.  Their (ex) Mayor and nanny state politicians, learned that lesson again today, too, as the highest court in the state struck down the Bloomberg soda ban for good.  “The Bloomberg big-soda ban is officially dead,” announced The New York Times.  Score one for common sense.  

    It has been almost two years since a limit on soft drink size was introduced – and it has been a long battle since. Today, however, New Yorkers heard freedom ring when the city lost its final appeal on the soda ban, exhausting its legal options for reinstating a rule that became a point of contention as soon it was enacted under Michael Bloomberg in 2012. Judge Eugene F. Pigott Jr. wrote in his decision that the city’s Board of Heath “exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority” with the ban, which two lower state courts has already ruled against.

    However, some nanny-staters just won’t follow the will of the people.  The city's health boards has vowed to continue in this fight.  So we must, too!  

    Bans only limit our choices and invite government to a seat at our dinner tables.  Education – not more laws and regulation – is the best way to fight obesity.  It’s about personal responsibility.  What we eat, drink and feed our families is our own choice and doesn’t need government oversight.  New Yorkers knew that and didn’t let their politicians push them around.  Will you?

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