League Speaker Dr. Jeffrey Ritterman: Sugary Sodas Very Unhealthy

The David on sodas

The David on sodas

Scientific evidence is clear; too much sugar leads to obesity, type 2 diabetes and more reported Dr. Jeffrey Ritterman, retired cardiologist and former Richmond City Councilmember, at the League’s March Conversation. To see the slides of his talk, click¬†Ritterman-talk-soda¬†The Richmond initiative proposing a 1 cent per ounce tax on sugary soda’s was defeated by 2 to 1, with strong opposition by industry groups and by some black and Hispanic community groups. But interest in the dangers of drinks with high sugar content seems to be growing around the country, despite setbacks like the one in Richmond and the recent decision by a judge in New York City to strike down Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on 16 oz. or larger cups of sodas.For a good discussion of the political lines drawn in these battles see NYT soda debates.

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