New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried (and failed on Monday — after a judicial ruling) to impose restrictions on the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages in the city.  Sabrina Tavernise explains the mayor’s goal:

Many public health experts support the effort by the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York, saying it was an early attempt to limit the size of portions, which have expanded dramatically over the years and are at the root of the obesity epidemic.


Are sugar-sweetened beverages — sodas, juices and juice drinks, iced-teas and iced-coffees, sports drinks and lemonade —  really the cause of America’s obesity epidemic?  A new study, to be published next month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, suggests that the answer is YES.  Robert Preidt has the scoop:

Children who drink sugar-sweetened beverages consume more calories than other children and the beverages are the main reason for that higher calorie intake, a new study reveals.

In addition, children who drink sugar-sweetened beverages eat more unhealthy foods than other children, the researchers found.


Read study here.

More PediaBlog coverage of sugar-sweetened beverages here.


****Readers of The PediaBlog have been enjoying informative posts from Joan Avolio, our registered dietician who sees patients and families at the Pediatric Alliance — Arcadia Division.  Today we are proud to welcome Kari Halloran to our Chartiers/McMurray Division.  Kari has been a registered dietician for 18 years after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Foods at Virginia Tech and a Masters Degree in Education at Penn State.  We look forward to having Kari help our patients and families learn strategies for healthier eating.****