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    Soda Is Target of New Assault

    New City Move Against Soda - WSJ.com (The link title is different than the article title)

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    Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson have asked the federal government to bar New York City food-stamp recipients from using the benefit to buy sugary drinks, an effort to determine if the move would decrease obesity and diabetes problems. The request, sent late Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, could affect an estimated 1.7 million city residents who receive food stamps. As much as $135 million in federal nutrition benefits is used to buy sugar-sweetened drinks, the mayor's office said.

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    Nearly 40% of city public-school students in kindergarten through eighth grade are overweight or obese, and the numbers are higher for Hispanic children. Poorer children—the primary beneficiaries of the federal food-stamp program—are more likely to be overweight, and the link between obesity and socioeconomic status has become stronger in the past two decades, the mayor's office said. A child who consumes one sugary drink a day has a 60% higher risk of obesity than those who do not, the mayor's office said.

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    Health officials have said they want to continue to press the idea because nearly 60% of New York City adults are overweight or obese, and obesity-related diseases cost the state an estimated $8 billion a year.
    This topic spurred some outrage when it was discussed as a hypothetical. I'm hoping they get approved so that they can test this out.
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    Re: Soda Is Target of New Assault

    Soda waters have been under assault for years. This is just a change in tactics.
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    Re: Soda Is Target of New Assault

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    New City Move Against Soda - WSJ.com (The link title is different than the article title)

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    This topic spurred some outrage when it was discussed as a hypothetical. I'm hoping they get approved so that they can test this out.
    I think this is a good move.
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    Re: Soda Is Target of New Assault

    Makes sense to me. If the government is going to be paying for someone's meals via food stamps, they shouldn't pay for crap with no nutritional value that's just going to cost even more later on, in terms of health care.
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    It's about time. Hopefully they'll do it at the state levels in all states. 135 million dollars a year in NYC alone is wasted on soft drinks? Jesus ****ing christ that's insane. That's 135 million dollars in NYC that could be put to better use.

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    Re: Soda Is Target of New Assault

    I seriously doubt this will have any measurable impact on "obesity and diabetes problems." The crap is dirt cheap, so if people want it, they're going to have it.

    I view this as mostly symbolic. I believe it's been shown time and time again that food stamps fail on many levels, trying to encourage people to eat certain things just being one.

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    Re: Soda Is Target of New Assault

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    New City Move Against Soda - WSJ.com (The link title is different than the article title)

    Bloomberg forever.



    This topic spurred some outrage when it was discussed as a hypothetical. I'm hoping they get approved so that they can test this out.

    Just like the smoking ban, the trans fat ban, people were like "yeah right" and called us all sorts of consiracy nuts....


    I tell you salt is next.


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    Re: Soda Is Target of New Assault

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    Just like the smoking ban, the trans fat ban, people were like "yeah right" and called us all sorts of consiracy nuts....


    I tell you salt is next.


    Bloomberg is a tyrant.
    This is just banning it from being purchased using foodstamps.

    I guess, it's entirely possible that they add an extra tax or try to ban it from public consumption.
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    Good. I like this law.
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    Re: Soda Is Target of New Assault

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    This is just banning it from being purchased using foodstamps.

    I guess, it's entirely possible that they add an extra tax or try to ban it from public consumption.


    they are already talking about a soda tax in ny, this is a stepping stone.
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