Sugary sodas to be removed from public schools

By: Jonathan Martin
By: Jonathan Martin

Sugary soft drinks will soon be out in the public schools...at least for younger students.

They've been called liquid candy...and with childhood obesity on the rise, sugary sodas are being popped out of public schools.

And the decision comes from those that it could hurt most.

Wednesday, May 3, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Schweppes bottling companies all agreed to halt soda sales in public schools.

Under this agreement, the companies will only sell water, unsweetened juice, and low fat milk, with high school students able to purchase diet sodas.

The move is meant to help curb childhood obesity.

"I think that's an excellent idea," says University Hospital dietician Mary Beth Arnold. She says with the growing waistlines of American children, the change in the school beverages is beneficial.

"With the rise of obesity, I think we could eliminate a lot of these sugary drinks. That would help the obesity rate in our children," she says.

She also tells us sodas often get in the way of a child's other nutritional needs.

"Children would prefer a coke or carbonated beverage over milk. They're not getting their calcium and protein needs that the growing body needs."

And as obesity is linked to health problems including high blood pressure and diabetes, Arnold warns parents to monitor their child's sugar intake.

"So if they drink a 12 ounce coke, they've had their sugar intake...so that means no cookie, no candy," she says.

Nearly 35 million students nationwide will be affected by the deal.

This new nationwide policy is expected to be fully implemented in three years.


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