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Link Between Soda And Obesity Gets More Attention

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Aired 9/18/09

The link between soda and obesity is getting more attention in California. A state senator from Los Angeles says he plans to hold hearings on the connection soon.

— The link between soda and obesity is getting more attention in California. A state senator from Los Angeles says he plans to hold hearings on the connection soon.

A shopper passes a display of 12-packs of Pepsi at a market in Des Plaines, Illinois.
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Above: A shopper passes a display of 12-packs of Pepsi at a market in Des Plaines, Illinois.

State Senator Alex Padilla says California should do a better job of educating the public about the health effects of too many soft drinks.

Cheryl Moder directs the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative. She says kids know what's good for them. But she says it's not just a matter of making the right choices.

"If their environments, both their physical environment as well as our social norms don't support those healthy choices, then it's difficult, and in some cases impossible, for them to make those choices that we teach them to make," Moder says.

Earlier this week, UCLA researchers revealed nearly two out of three teens drink at least one soft drink a day.

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hkcsandiego | September 18, 2009 at 6 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

Research shows that the average family eats out between 4-5 times per week. In the process, they drink more soda, eat less vegetables and fruit, and consume more fat and calories than families who do not eat out regularly. Therefore, it is extremely important that local restaurants offer healthy choices that help children improve their health and combat obesity. Restaurants can help fight childhood obesity by offering healthy drinks such as juice and low-fat milk on kids menus and always including water as a beverage!

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