Community Health, Youth Voices
With an estimated 14 percent of Californians suffering from diabetes, some state lawmakers are taking on the beverage industry because sugary drinks are indisputably linked to the disease and its also-prevalent accomplice, obesity. Supporters of the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act (SB 203) are hopeful: polls say Californians overwhelmingly agree. They will be up against tenacious opponents in the beverage industry, who are dishing out plenty of money to sway voters and political leaders. “Given the rock solid scientific evidence showing the dangers of sugary beverages, the state of California has a responsibility to inform consumers about products proven to be harmful to the public’s health.” Read more on Access Sacramento.