25 August 2005
A consumer group are demanding that soft-drink warning labels are placed on cola bottles and cans to alert cola-happy consumers to the risks of obesity, tooth decay and diabetes.
The Centers for Disease Control weighed in with the report, “The Burden of Obesity in the United States,” blaming a national epidemic of heftiness, in part, on “children and adults (who) are watching more television, eating larger portions of food, and consuming more … soft drinks and snack foods.”
Even as some health experts in Mississippi are telling soda-selling schools to beware, several school districts, such as New York and Los Angeles, already are under soda-vending bans.
In Mississippi’s public schools, soft drinks would have been drained from vending machines if legislators hadn’t bottled up a bill during this year’s regular session.

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