Sugar labels proper step forward

Published: Sunday, May. 25, 2014 - 11:05 am

Re "Legislature should impose warning labels on sugary soda to combat obesity and diabetes" (Editorial, May 18): California has an opportunity to advance public health in the form of SB 1000 which would require a warning label be placed on certain containers of sugar-sweetened beverages.

More than half of Californian adults and about one-third of teens are classified as overweight or obese, putting them at increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other chronic conditions.

In California, 41 percent of children and 62 percent of teens drink at least one SSB every day. Studies have shown warning labels to be effective in helping consumers make healthier choices for themselves and for their families.

With no direct cost to taxpayers, SB 1000 is but one of many sensible public policy solutions in combating the obesity epidemic.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is pleased to support SB 1000 and hopes the Senate Appropriations Committee will lift the bill from the suspense file.

-- Dr. Diane Sobkowicz, Auburn

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