Durward F. Gunnells: Soda part of problem

March 24, 2013 

Soda part

of problem

Barry Saunders’ March 18 column “Soda ban didn’t go far enough” about a judge in New York overturning a ban on the sale of soft drinks in cups larger than 16 ounces missed the point.

At only 7 percent, calories from soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages are a small fraction of the American diet. Focusing on 7 percent of calories, while ignoring the other 93 percent, misses the point. Obesity is a complex health problem in America that can’t be narrowed down to one food or beverage. The National Institutes for Health says inactivity, environment, genetics, health conditions, medicines, emotional factors and age are among the causes of obesity. Blaming soda is simplistic and shortsighted.

Durward F. Gunnells


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