Sugar Wars and Globesity - Elected officials need to stand up to the food industry on behalf of consumers
- Created on Sunday, 21 July 2013 23:13
By Laura A. Schmidt, UCSF
Many people feel like Bloomberg’s proposed Big Gulp Ban represents the worst form of government paternalism. Why should this hand-wringing nanny of a mayor make decisions for me about the size of my morning Coke? As one soft drink industry spokesman put it, it’s not the public, but the New York City Health Department, that has an “unhealthy obsession” with sugar.
I would be in total agreement with these views if I didn’t do addiction research for a living. But from where I sit, the whole sugar debate is riddled with misinformation (As David Miller and Claire Harkins explain in their recent AR blog piece) and false assumptions. One of the worst is the assumption that we are completely free to choose what we eat and drink.