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Soda for Kids: Good or Bad Idea?

San Francisco warns against "junk drinks" like soda– and its harmful effects.

Topics: California

This week San Francisco lawmakers voted unanimously in favor of a measure that would require a warning label on soda and other so-called "junk drinks," warning consumers of the link between soda consumption and diabetes and other chronic diseases. We applaud the Shape Up San Francisco Coalition and its partners for advocating for this important bill, and we urge Mayor Ed Lee to approve and sign it.

The link between junk-drink consumption and diabetes is real, and this study from the Sugar Science Team at the University of California, San Francisco, provides scientific evidence showing that when you feed junk drinks to kids, they're more likely to contract type 2 diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. (Did you know that only one 12-ounce soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, more than three times the recommended daily maximum for kids?)

You wouldn't let your kids smoke tobacco because we know it causes lung and other cancers. So why would you let your kids regularly consume junk drinks? Find out more about how the sugar-drinks industry is targeting your kids and what you can do about it here. We can all take steps to make our kids healthier!

Crista Sumanik