Crazy People Want Federal Investigation Into Sugary Drinks

Looks like Nanny Bloomberg opened a big can of worms nannies with his call for limiting the size of sugary drinks

(Treehugger) A group of almost 100 national and local health, medical, and consumer organizations, plus a handful of municipal public health departments and more than 20 prominent individuals are calling on the Surgeon General of the United States to issue a report on the health effects of soda and other sugary drinks. Referencing the impact of the 1964 Surgeon General’s report on tobacco use, the groups and individuals hope that a report on soda will evaluate the insalubrious effects and better-publicize the health impact of indulging in too many sugary drinks.

“Soda and other sugary drinks are the only food or beverage that has been directly linked to obesity, a major contributor to coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers, and a cause of psychosocial problems,” the groups wrote in the letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. “Yet, each year, the average American drinks about 40 gallons of sugary drinks, all with little, if any, nutritional benefit.”

Do we really need a Big Government report (which would cost lots of money) to tell us that they aren’t particularly good for us? Of course, what follows would be all sorts of Congressional hearings and calls for restrictions and legislation. And potential restrictions. And all sorts of money wasting “awareness” campaigns. These people need to mind their own damned business.

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9 Responses to “Crazy People Want Federal Investigation Into Sugary Drinks”

  1. john says:

    Teach is more than happy to pay for the health costs of uninsured diabetics.

  2. john says:

    Teach you do realize that those “crazy people” include the American Medical Association and the National Council of State Govenors?

  3. Yeah, I do, John, and whether I drink sugary drinks or not is none of their fucking business. The government is already in our private lives enough.

    But, I’ll bet if the government puts restrictions on them, you’ll have a cow, too. You libs scream about the government staying out of regulating abortion ie, infanticide, yet you’re always the first to call for the government to step in on whatever your pet peeve of the week is. Mind your own business.

  4. Gumball_Brains says:

    “Soda and other sugary drinks are the only food or beverage that has been directly linked to obesity

    OK. I’m sorry. But, a casual relationship does not mean a direct link. These are the same people that believe that CO2 directly causes the earth to warm.

    While you can show people who are fat and drink sugary drinks, I can show you someone who is fat and doesn’t get exercise.

    I can show you people who are basically stick figures and drink sugary drinks all day long. I can also show you people who eat @1000 calories a day and still gain weight. I can show you people who eat ONLY snacks and sugary things and can still lose weight.

    These are the same people who convinced the world that oat bran was the best thing in the world for you. That apples were bad.

    We need to stand up against this. First as its an invasion of personal liberties and freedom of choice, but also as its bad science.

  5. Kevin says:

    “Crazy People Want Federal Investigation Into Sugary Drinks”

    It’s not just crazy people. I want an investigation too! I want to know why those drinks are so sweet. I suspect it might be the sugar, but we’ll need to do a year or so of tests to find out for sure. Then maybe two years of follow-up testing of the subjects. Don’t worry, we’ll get to the bottom of this conundrum.

  6. Gumball_Brains says:

    Kevin, I’m sure you can get some Federal Grants for that research. They’ve funded more stupid and bizarre and sicker studies.

  7. Heh! They can take my Southern sweet tea from my cold dead hands!

  8. john says:

    the current cost to treat diabetes in the US is 113 billion

  9. Gumball_Brains says:

    the current an cost of raising silly john is $200 billion.

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