Maryland looks to reduce sugary drink consumption with new labels


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Joining the movement of many health groups, certain groups in Maryland want to label sugar-sweetened beverages.

This doesn’t come as a surprise, as many cities are starting to discuss soda taxes across the country including three cities in California, with big pushes in various cities in Calif. and in Philadelphia, Illinois.

“There’s a national movement working to reduce rates of heart disease, tooth decay, diabetes that are directly related to sugary drinks, here in Maryland, particularly in Baltimore, we are focused on education, … this measure is about transparency, this is really about a consumers the right to know, ” said Robi Rawl director of Sugar-Free kids Maryland, in the local news video.

About 22 percent of Latino high-school students drink three or more sugary drinks a day, studies show, and which each additional sugary drink the risk of becoming an obese adult jumps to 60 percent.

Maryland has not tried to do this type of measure in the past, explained Rawl, telling the news anchor  about how big soda is marketing to communities of color and stating that each person should have a right to know about health risks of sugary beverages and what they can do to our bodies.

The Baltimore City Health commissioner believes the warning label could help curb the childhood obesity problem, stated a local news source.

To learn more, watch the video.

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