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Health groups call on fast-food to drop soda from kids' menu
Breitbart ^ | February 3, 2014 | UPI

Posted on 02/04/2014 6:13:23 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Health organizations and U.S. nutrition experts say they are calling on fast-food restaurant chains to take sugary drinks off their children's menus.

Margo G. Wootan, nutrition policy director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said McDonald's agreed to drop soda and sugary drinks from Happy Meal menus last year, and 100 U.S. and local health organizations along with nutritional experts said in a letter to Wendy's, Burger King and 21 other restaurant chains that they too should remove the items from their children's menus.

Subway, Chipotle, Arby's and Panera already exclude sugary drinks from kids' meals.

"With 1-in-3 children overweight or obese in the United States, it no longer makes sense to include sugary beverages in restaurant meals for young children," the letter said.

The groups quoted research published in The Lancet that found drinking just one additional sugary drink every day increases a child's chances of becoming obese by 60 percent, Wootan said.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: children; communistgoals; cspi; culturewar; fastfood; health; interestgroups; nannystate; nutrition; obesity; rapingmychildhood; sodas

1 posted on 02/04/2014 6:13:23 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 02/04/2014 6:14:07 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

All businesses should be run in politically correct ways, in accordance with ideological purity. For the children.


3 posted on 02/04/2014 6:14:54 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Anti-Complacency League! Baby!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

My kids are in their late 40’s. They still order water when we do lunch......leftover from “the poor years”.


4 posted on 02/04/2014 6:14:57 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

my grandkids dentist told my son his kids shouldnt drink 100% fruit juice it was pure sugar


5 posted on 02/04/2014 6:16:59 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I always just told my kids, “No.” No need to change the menu.


6 posted on 02/04/2014 6:21:25 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Do you think they should also be required to post the rationale for the removal? “Parents are considered too stupid to select proper meals for their children so a coalition of busybodies and government has decided it for you. If you have any b!tches, please address them to Moo at the White House.”


7 posted on 02/04/2014 6:22:00 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Stalin is smiling in Hell at how well Obama has copied his communist organization.)
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To: Sacajaweau

I hear that.


8 posted on 02/04/2014 6:24:26 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Tired of Taxes

“I always just told my kids, “No.” No need to change the menu.”
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Bingo...It should be up to the parents to monitor their preteen kids.


9 posted on 02/04/2014 6:32:27 PM PST by AlexW
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

When I was a kid, about the only time we were allowed to have pop was when we ate out. That was not all that often. But a parent can say NO and have them drink something else. I hate nanny state crap.


10 posted on 02/04/2014 6:33:15 PM PST by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
With 1-in-3 children overweight or obese in the United States,

Well then they should require a BMI on each child before ordering. It makes no sense that my grandchildren can't have a sprite with their meal because some other kids somewhere are overweight.

11 posted on 02/04/2014 6:33:44 PM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The new kids’ menu will consist of the McBroccoli


12 posted on 02/04/2014 6:36:09 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

WELLLL...If I were a parent with a young child, and the restaurant didn’t include sodas with their kid’s meals, I would just buy an “adult” drink, and give it to the kid.


13 posted on 02/04/2014 6:38:21 PM PST by moovova
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To: PistolPaknMama

LOL your idea cracks me up. I can imagine an electronic scale and laser height gauge at each order point.

If you fail the BMI test, all the “bad” stuff on the electronic order board immediately goes dark.

The drive-thru will take a bit more technology.
When sodas are outlawed, only outlaws will have sodas.


14 posted on 02/04/2014 6:39:35 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

People who don’t own businesses should be the ones who get to run them, because they aren’t blinded by the profit motive. </sarcasm>


15 posted on 02/04/2014 6:41:47 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The only way women can "have it all" is if men aren't allowed to have anything.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"With 1-in-3 children overweight or obese in the United States, it no longer makes sense to include sugary beverages in restaurant meals for young children," the letter said.

Huh??

"No longer makes sense ..."?????

It was always stupid and lazy, sorry. You don't need a college degree to figure out that making your main hydration source carbonated and sugared, would be a pretty dumb thing to do. Water, coffee, milk. Good for go no matter what.

I like to have a soda now and then. I like ice cream floats. I like Strawberry soda. They're treats. That's just me. If people lock their kids into bad habits by feeding them pop or juice or god-knows-what all the time, that's the kids' tough luck and maybe blessing as they figure their way out of it and grow stronger by making smarter choices. It happens a lot.

This is headed toward outlawing soda pop. Or at least making it an expensive luxury.

16 posted on 02/04/2014 6:43:47 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Finny

Taxing tobacco and booze has made a LOT of dough for govt.
I can see where “evil” foods represent an almost irresistable source of more tax income.


17 posted on 02/04/2014 6:46:25 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I won’t feed this crap to my kids, but feel free to feed it to yours. Really not my business. However, I do think I should be able to put together menus for those to whom my money has been redistributed.


18 posted on 02/04/2014 6:49:07 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun
However, I do think I should be able to put together menus for those to whom my money has been redistributed.

AMEN!!!!

Well said!

If that money was being "redistributed" your way, probably through a good Christian charity, you would have a say. But government has taken over a job that belongs, really, to charitable organizations and churches.

Government is the source of quite a lot of moral strife.

19 posted on 02/04/2014 6:53:12 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
unless they take it off the menu COMPLETELY, they will simply get adult size drinks... so in effect they will be getting even more calories, not less

BRILLIANT!!!

20 posted on 02/04/2014 7:05:44 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It’s a great idea if private groups ask individual businesses to voluntarily not serve soda. Let the customers and the businesses choose.


21 posted on 02/04/2014 7:49:01 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Those high fructose sugar laden fruit drinks are the solution. Yeah that’s the ticket.


22 posted on 02/04/2014 7:50:20 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: nascarnation

Noooo! Not a bacon tax!


23 posted on 02/04/2014 7:52:36 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The rebound effect: where a kid is never allowed to consume anything just because it tastes good, and is always forced to eat “healthy” food—then becomes a junk food addict the moment he or she takes charge of his or her diet.

Moderation in everything is key. If kids aren’t taught moderation—and they are not when they are surrounded by orthorexics imposing their absolutism on them—then they have a high risk of becoming obese when they leave that rigid environment.


24 posted on 02/04/2014 8:12:09 PM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The fast food joints don’t give a damn - they’ll just be selling soda as a separate “side” to the Happy Meal [which will not include the soda as part of the meal] ...

Why do I think this, you say ???

Cuz the kidz are going to bitch and moan to Mom until she relents and buys the soda “side” for them ...

More profit for the fast food joints - Cha Ching !!!


25 posted on 02/04/2014 8:27:38 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

NO

these places should leave their menus alone

it is only that parents should not make the places a regular habit for meals for their children

in the vein of all things in moderation accepted, an occasional “treat” of a meal at one these places won’t hurt the health of kids whose parents don’t make a habit of it or let their kids make a habit of it


26 posted on 02/04/2014 9:10:44 PM PST by Wuli
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To: defconw
Me too. Going out to eat was a real treat in my family. Maybe twice a year, and having a ice cold soda pop, french fries and ice cream were treats that us kids would cherish for many weeks afterward. Todays’ parents seem quite content in passing along their parental responsibility to the nanny state govt., Sadly, these kids will pass this trait on and on and on.....
27 posted on 02/04/2014 9:57:18 PM PST by redshawk (0pansy is a Liar and Hates.........he just hates!)
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To: redshawk

When raising my boys I rarely fixed hamburgers at home. I did that purposely as when we went out to eat eating a hamburger was like having steak to them!...and it was a treat when we went out to eat until they got older.


28 posted on 02/04/2014 10:14:13 PM PST by caww
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To: ClearCase_guy

.....”For the children”...

Anytime Government uses that phrase it should be a huge heads up... you can bet something more sinister is at play....always!


29 posted on 02/04/2014 10:16:49 PM PST by caww
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To: ClearCase_guy

.....”For the children”...

Anytime Government uses that phrase it should be a huge heads up... you can bet something more sinister is at play....always!


30 posted on 02/04/2014 10:25:02 PM PST by caww
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To: caww
For our birthday's, Mom would allow us kids to have what you want for dinner...well, if we could afford. For my tenth Bday, I selected WhiteCastle and Moms home made lemon meringue pie AND RC Cola.....yum....Fifty years later, I still cherish this memory and remember it like it was yesterday. After the dinner, Mom confided in me that our entire house hold budget was One Buck a day. One Buck for everything (me and five brothers). The next day, I got a job as a stock boy at the local store during the week and on the weekends, I got another job as a repair man....well boy...fixing sewing machines for some psyco Chinese guy who would scream constantly at me in Chinese. I was able to give Mom 15 dollars a week to help out.
31 posted on 02/04/2014 10:46:36 PM PST by redshawk (0pansy is a Liar and Hates.........he just hates!)
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To: redshawk

It seemed to taste so much better then. I remember when we would go to the ice cream stand. It was an event! When my parents were first married, my dad was 19 and in the Air Force. Their threat was to go to Frieches (Bob’s Big Boy) on pay day.


32 posted on 02/05/2014 1:30:45 AM PST by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: defconw
My Dad served on the Saratoga CVA60. Often times he would mention a Big Boy hamburger and how great it was. Me and my brothers, still to this day dream of having one. Further, when Dad would come home, the best time was fishing with my Dad. I'm old now, Grandpa, but I still miss my Dad.
33 posted on 02/05/2014 1:53:31 AM PST by redshawk (0pansy is a Liar and Hates.........he just hates!)
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To: redshawk

I had one or more Big Boys, but not sure they are around anymore. I am 50 now :)


34 posted on 02/05/2014 2:12:22 AM PST by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest”

CSPI brought us the smoking bans, now it is time to move along to their next nanny actions. They were empowered by many FReepers that cheered their support for the derision of private property rights.

If it isn’t mandated, it will be banned. What a wonderful utopia we will have!


35 posted on 02/05/2014 8:41:18 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: redshawk

That is a nice story and you were wiser at 10 than many adults are today. In today’s environment, that psycho chinese guy would be breaking the child labor laws by hiring you.....


36 posted on 02/05/2014 8:48:12 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I remember at 10 years of age being able to fill my Yamaha 80 up with gas, buy 2 Dr. Peppers, 2 Snickers Bars, 50 rounds of .22 LR and a pack of Marlboros, all for $2.50 and then drive off with a rifle on the handlebars to hunt rabbits all afternoon.

I hate it that my grandkids will not be able to experience that.

37 posted on 02/05/2014 10:55:26 AM PST by elkfersupper
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The groups quoted research published in The Lancet that found drinking just one additional sugary drink every day increases a child's chances of becoming obese by 60 percent, Wootan said.

WTF does this paragraph mean?

It's OK to have one sugary drink. but not an additional one?

And by what percentage does it increase a child's chances of becoming obese by 60 percent.

38 posted on 02/05/2014 11:26:22 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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