Should Sodas & Sugary Drinks Carry Warning Labels Like Tobacco Products?

What if sodas and other sugary drinks came bearing warning labels about the risk of obesity and other health effects, not unlike tobacco products? That’s the idea one advocacy group is promoting, saying consumers should know “the truth” about those products and decide whether or not to drink them.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest brought together health professionals and experts for a sort of soda summit this week, with advocates saying the same kind of warning labels on cigarettes should be used in the beverage industry, reports the AFP.

The proposed labels would read:”Drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.”

“This is about transparency, telling the truth about these products and let the consumers decide by themselves,” said one of the doctors, who called for passage of a California bill that would require those labels on sugary drinks.

That bill is past the state senate already. California would be the first state to adopt such a rule.

“Give people the information at least,” the doctor adds. “Once they have the information, then they will be ready for more.”

Soda war activists look to tobacco as model [AFP]

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  1. dullard8 says:

    What ever happened to personal responsibility? Do we really have to warn people about everything they do? Some day it will probably even get to the point where we will warn people “Being alive can cause death.”

  2. radioone says:

    Yes, a warning should be used. It may not be heeded by many, but some people may change their habits if they have this information in plain-spoken manner.

  3. T says:

    A label might inform a few, otherwise oblivious, people. A lot of snack foods have more sugar in them than sodas. I see it as just trying to apply a small, little Band-Aid over a gushing wound. I suppose we have to start somewhere though.

    I think it would be better if people got into the habit of drinking more water and less soda when they get thirsty. Of course it doesn’t help that bottled water is sold right next to soda for nearly the same price. I hope that this is just the beginning of an information campaign, because instead of just trying to treat the symptoms, we should be trying to treat the cause. In this case; that is the lack of knowledge.

    People get fat due to consuming more calories than they expend. Caffeine is a stimulant. Sugar affects your glucose level. Hydration is affected by how much water you consume, not by how much high fructose corn syrup beverages you drink. Hydration also plays a large factor in your body’s functions. Have a headache? You’re probably dehydrated, so don’t pop some pills, drink some water instead.

    Knowledge is power, and in this case, knowledge helps you have a healthier body, which will cost you less to maintain throughout your life, and in turn, helps you lead a happier life.

    Edit: I’m not opposed to informing people of risks, but when it comes to limiting how much risk one decides to take (such as limiting beverage sizes), I think that’s a bit too far. Let people make decisions for themselves. Life’s too complicated and diverse to try to regulate it.

  4. Psylent1 says:

    I was going to suggest warning labels on Politicians and Advocacy groups, but then I realize Tattoos would be much better!