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Hearing Will Explore Link Between Sodas And Obesity

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The Senate Health Committee will hold a hearing in Los Angeles this week on the relationship between soft drinks and obesity. A recent report from UCLA suggests there's a strong link between the two.

— The Senate Health Committee will hold a hearing in Los Angeles this week on the relationship between soft drinks and obesity. A recent report from UCLA suggests there's a strong link between the two.

The UCLA report provides detailed information on soda consumption in California.

In finds teenagers are the largest consumers of soft drinks. It also finds one out of five San Diego adults drink at least soda a day.

UCLA researcher Susan Babey wrote the report.

"For adults, those who drink one or more sodas a day, they are 27 percent more likely to be overweight or obese compared to adults who don't drink any soda," Babey said.

The Senate committee hearing will discuss options for reducing soda consumption, including a special tax. Supporters say a soda tax would help reduce sales. But critics argue sodas aren't the only factor in obesity.

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