Soda Makers Fight Back Against Obesity Claims: Reuters

By and | July 20, 2011

  • July 20, 2011 at 8:54 am
    just big boned says:
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    Check out Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution campaign. He’s trying to fight the obesity epidemic and all the medical problems that go with it. His approach to the problem is novel – just learn how to cook! The concept is so simple that it is completely overlooked by most people trying to lose weight and get healthier. Obviously the food and beverage industry don’t want this . . . they make a lot of money selling products that make us fat, and then a bunch more money selling us products that are supposed to help us lose weight. Win-win for them, lose-lose for the public.

  • July 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm
    Brokette says:
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    And research why Jamie Oliver’s program isn’t being allowed in schools. His ingredients are too expensive for school budgets. Maybe if the teachers took salary cuts “for the children”, schools could afford such a program. The food industry makes money selling products that people find tasty. If they make you fat, then YOU should control yourself. I don’t need the nanny-state controlling what I put in my mouth. As the feminists would say, “Keep your laws off my body!”

    • July 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm
      T Dubya B says:
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      The food is expensive because the government subsidizes the corn and wheat products that go into the pizza and pop the kids consume. Get rid of those subsidies and then compare prices. Where is your small goverment leanings on the money we give to large companies to produce the crap that schools serve for lunch?

  • July 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm
    Ann says:
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    Next thing you know they will require the companies to put pictures of obese people on the soda cans and fattening foods. Just like they are trying to do the the ciagarette manufactures. this is crazy and peole have to make their own decisions. If that decision causes them to be fat thats their problem

  • July 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    Jay says:
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    @ Ann – no, if they are fat, it’s not just their problem ! It becomes my problem when my health insurance and my taxes go up as a result of their increased health problems !
    And one other note on this article, the sodas aren’t sugar-sweetened, they’re high fructose corn syrup-sweetened. There are studies showing this has more negative effects than sugar (of course, we need to cut down on all sugars, no argument there). Another result of government corn subsidies – the HFCS is much cheaper.

  • July 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm
    Lisa Lincoln says:
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    The govt makes it a public policy issue because it fully intends to be in control of and paying for our healthcare. As long as they control healthcare, they can rationalize cotrolling lifestyles and choices.

  • July 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm
    Skeptical says:
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    Another example of the nanny state trying to regulate everything in our lives. Some schools won’t allow parents to pack lunch for the kids and the kids won’t eat what the school cafeteria puts out. I guess this is their idea to slim kids down. We also have the worst role model with the first lady saying to feed the kids salad and she stuffs her face with 1,700 calorie fried food meals. The surgeon general is also hefty eating rich food, but it is do as I say, not as I do with them.

  • July 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm
    think, please... says:
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    Seriously? Do you folks who want the government out of your bodies (now THAT’s an image) have kids? Our schools are so strapped for cash that they install soda vending machines – wih exclusivity clauses in the contracts, so that they can’t install a “healthy” drink machine next to the soda)in exchange for funding. As parents, we should be up in arms over school-sanctioned offerings of soda, as our kids go vibrating from class to class on their sugar buzzes. It’s worth every penny we can spend to fight back against their specious and greedy arguments.

  • July 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm
    DP says:
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    If you don’t want the extra sugar or calories, stay away from it. The government needs to butt out.

  • July 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm
    K D Qurick says:
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    I agree with Brokette in that schools should find a way to buy healthier foods for students, but it shouldn’t come from the teachers; it should come from the administrative staff and district administrative staffs. They are a bunch of beauracratic waste similiar to our government.
    On another note, to blame America’s weight problem solely on soda is wrong. Soda has been around for a long time; the fat problem has become epidemic over the past few years. Now days we have more processed food, more chemical additives, more fast, convenient food places, and bigger portions. These, plus sugar and syrups, are the contributors to our health and weight problems.
    We also don’t exercise like we used to. Computers and computer games are replacing pick up games of basketball, baseball, football, hop scotch, …..

  • July 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm
    just big boned says:
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    Don’t get all up in arms. The only thing the government is doing in this article is trying to educate people about the health consequences of what they choose to put in their bodies; the processed food industry is trying to fight this message, which is also their right.

    And I was talking about the more general Food Revolution movement, not specifically the school lunch problem which is the target of his tv show. However, when my kids are of age you can be sure I will take a great interest in what they serve at the school. I don’t really believe that processed food is cheaper than fresh, but whatever, I haven’t looked at the numbers and can’t really make that case.

    • July 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm
      just big boned says:
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      By the way, my last comment wasn’t directed at anyone in particular. I don’t want the government telling me what to do either, but you can clearly see the dividends of the “let people eat what they want” policy in this case. The government has a legitimate role in the education of the public about food choices, and they have a responsibility to feed school children quality food.

      • July 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm
        Skeptical says:
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        The government may have a role in education about food choices, but they don’t have a right to dictate. Michelle Obama says the kids should eat Broccoli and salad. Try getting a kid to eat that. I have seen the menus at schools and their so called dieticians serve the fatty food daily because it is cheap and they have to stay on budget. Michelle is not the best spokesperson for this since she likes the 1,700 calorie fried meals and ice cream and her surgeon general who is supposed to monitor health issues is not a picture of health at 200-250 lbs. It is a classic do as I say, not as I do scenario.

  • July 21, 2011 at 8:26 am
    just big boned says:
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    Ugh. Here we go with this pointless, irrelevant crap again.

    • July 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm
      DP says:
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      Skeptical makes a good point

  • July 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm
    just big boned says:
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    Skeptical makes several random points, yes. They are not counterpoints to anything that has been said nor do they address anything in the article. I’m not sure what Michelle Obama nor her occasional diet choices has to do with anything.

  • July 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm
    K D Qurick says:
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    I think Skeptical was stating that Obama is a role model for many and therefore people watch her for validation to eat healthy, but she sends a mixed message by eating fried foods. However, I believe that most Americans know better when it comes to politicians that they don’t do what they say, namely health insurance, social security,….

    • July 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm
      Franklin says:
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      Oh please! Saying people look up to Michelle Obama as a dietary role model is as ridiculous as people looking to Charlie Sheen for relationship advice.

      You clowns who put a political spin on every issue really need a life! Turn off the TV, stop watching the Kardashians and find something productive to do with your time.

      • July 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm
        Agent says:
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        If this woman is spending our taxpayer dollars on her campaign on obesity, it makes this an issue. She has more of a bully pulpit than Charlie Sheen who is a fool by any standard. She should have hired a hot star like Dana Delaney to put forth her message and it would have been more believable instead of getting caught eating all those fatty fried meals and taking her kids out for ice cream at the drop of a hat. As first lady, she should be setting a good example.

        • July 25, 2011 at 9:36 am
          just big boned says:
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          Fried foods and ice cream are not evil, they are a treat . . . just not for everyday consumption. Contrary to your point, she is actually setting a very GOOD example by demonstrating a healthy, “normal” lifestyle. If all she ate was tofu, carrots, and raw nuts, you would be criticizing her for being a elitist health nut who is out of touch with every day Americans.

          Ridiculous.

          • July 26, 2011 at 10:39 am
            Agent says:
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            Just big, we tire of the double standard exemplified by this first lady who has the bully pulpit to promote a healthy life style while doing the exact opposite personally. If she must chow down on high calorie fried foods, she should do it privately instead of publicly. She would also lose some weight if she ate what she preaches to eat and that would be a good thing.

  • July 22, 2011 at 8:52 am
    Upstate NY Agent says:
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    We had an apple vending machine in my High School in 1968. But I ate Ice Cream sandwiches and berry pies. Truth is we, the public and government, have very little control over this. It is not the soft drink companies fault. I agree schools should offer healthier options and don’t think it would really cost that much more. Parents and the kids need to be educated and they are the ones who control what they eat. We all need to try harder to tighten our belts in more than one way.



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