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Proposed N.Y. City Ban On Supersized Sodas May Be Missing The Mark, Experts Say

June 4, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
University health experts in Alabama warn that N.Y. City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on the sale of super-sized sodas is too narrowly focused to make much of an impact on obesity. They cited 2009 research into the effect of drinking sugar-sweetened beverages on body weight that found no significant effect on weight reduction after participants reduced their consumption. Subsequent studies have shown the same results. The researchers said they hope energy and resources will instead be focused on conducting clinical trials that will “definitively answer” questions about all of the public health actions that might significantly reduce weight, not just one.
Kathryn Kaiser, Ph.D. & Suzanne Judd, Ph.D., "Will a NYC Supersize Soda Ban Help Obesity Battle?", News release, University of Alabama at Birmingham, June 04, 2012, © University of Alabama at Birmingham
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