Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 15, 2013 @ 10:59PM
Created on April 14, 2013 @ 8:35PM
Drinking large sodas may be unhealthy, but with some states putting restrictions on the drink's serving sizes, new research shows that isn't working.
A new study found that restricting larger servings of sugary drinks to keep people from buying them actually made the larger serving seem more appealing. This study comes after the mayor of New York City's proposed ban to get rid of large sodas fell flat. Some soda drinkers say they're glad the ban didn't pass.
Harrison County resident Daniel Westfall said, "I don't particularly like the government to tell me what I can do with my private life."
Theresa Westfall, a Harrison County resident, said, "I think there's more important issues to take on if the government wants to tell us what to do, not how much soda we should be drinking."
But on the other hand, some think that something needs to be done about our nation's poor health.
Barbour County resident Delane McDaniel said, "If I've got just one can, I'll drink the can and quit, but if I've got 32 ounces or half a gallon sitting in front of me, I'm going to drink it all. This is probably the most obese country in the world and I believe we need to be healthier."
For those who drink soda on a regular basis, there's close to 100 grams of sugar in one 12 ounce bottle.
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Apr 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM
Education is the only effective tool when it comes to the challenge of obesity. Government regulation is the wrong approach. Obesity is a complex issue that is influenced by a number of factors (such as age, genetics, stress, physical inactivity, etc.), and it simply can’t be addressed by bans and restrictions on one particular product.