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Should Sugary Sodas Have Warning Labels?

San Francisco became the first city to require warning labels on soda. Do you think these warnings are necessary?

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last 24 hours | bigthink
We Don't Heed Health Warnings on Soda Bottles - Big Think (blog)
"...Legislative force is rarely effective in getting people to change their habits; if Americans are going to cut back on soda, they're going to have to want to cut back on soda. One possible way of achieving that is to scare the high-fructose corn syrup right out of people with warning labels telling them that shocker! drinking lots of soda isn't so great for their health. But according to Pacific Standard, these warnings fall on deaf ears, er, blind eyes. That's hardly surprising, based on what we know about continued cigarette usage around the globe. But what's interesting here is that, according to a study out of Germany, the warnings themselves do have some power to dissuade purchases. But when a pictorial element is added, the message is less powerful than a simple, unadorned warning consisting only of text."In general, warnings negatively affect purchase intention," the researchers reported. "This effect is diluted when the warning is embedded in an advertisement with pictorial framing." They also found that young children were more likely to ignore a visually stimulating warning than were adults...." see full article

1339 days ago | forbes
The Trans Fat Ban and Labels On Salt And Soda Won't Make Us Healthier - Forbes
"...Litchfield believes the real problem is that warning labels on their own don't do much good. Only when there's a penalty associated with bad habits particularly a financial penalty do people actually change their behavior, she says, pointing to two primary targets of public health initiatives: smoking and seat belt usage. In 1983, before there were any seat belt laws, you had about 14% of people using a seat belt. Then you started having states pass laws, and by 1990 seat belt use jumped to 50%, Litchfield says. A similar phenomenon occurred with smoking. One study looked at youth, minorities and low income audiences, who tend to be more likely to use cigarettes. For every 10% increase in the tax on cigarette use you'd see a 7% decrease in smoking, she says.So with trans fats out of the picture, are taxes on sodas and salty fast foods likely to end up on legislators' menus next? Litchfield said she wouldn't be surprised to see that, but she harbors doubts that any of it will actually lower rates of obesity and heart disease...." see full article

1339 days ago | psmag
The Power of Soda Trumps All
"...So even for kids in their late teens or early 20s, "the negative effects of warnings on purchase intention are offset by countervailing effects of pictorials. This effect diminishes with age, but remains present."In other words, the warning labels effectively set up a battle between words and images. And in this study, at least, images were powerful enough to counter-balance the effect of the warnings.So unless the city of San Francisco mandates simple ads stripped of enticing images a law that would presumably run into First Amendment problems its attempt to get young people to think twice about drinking sweet carbonated sodas may very well fall flat...." see full article

1341 days ago | publichealthadvocacy
Soda Warning Label Bill
"...Consumers have a right to know about the unique health problems associated with soda and other sugary drinks. That's why the California Center for Public Health Advocacy co-sponsored the sugar-sweetened beverages safety warning act. Introduced on February 11, 2015 the bill offered a common sense approach to combat this growing health crisis. The bill would have required warning labels be placed on sugary drink containers to let consumers know vital information about the health dangers related to what they drink affording Californians a chance to make informed choices about what they purchase. ..." see full article

1342 days ago | blog.sfgate
Warning: San Francisco smells like a toilet - SFGate (blog)
"...In 2013, San Francisco Supe Scott Wiener began pushing a two-cents-per-ounce tax on non-diet soda and other sugary drinks in San Francisco. It was a horrible idea a Why can't everyone be more like us? tax. The measure garnered 55 percent of the vote, but because authors wanted to divvy up funds to pet recipients, it failed on the November 2104 ballot.In City Hall, alas, bad ideas never die. They just find new venues. This year Wiener has been pushing for a measure to require warning labels on ads for sugary drinks on city transit, stadiums and billboards. The board of supervisors passed it by an 11-0 vote Tuesday. It's another one of those first-in-the-nation nanny-state measures City Hall loves...." see full article

1346 days ago | takepart
The Next Soda Battleground: Warning Labels on Soft Drink Ads - TakePart
"...It's interesting that the soda industry appears to have largely abandoned trying to attack the science that has linked soda consumption to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other serious health risks, instead falling back on the old PR standby: The problems are complicated, so why just single out soda? consumption would be as good a place as any to start.Indeed, there is arguably no single bigger source of superfluous sugar in the American diet than sugar-sweetened beverages, which have zero nutritional value. Earlier this year, the World Health Organization released its recommendation that people should get no more than 10 percent of their daily calorie intake from added sugars. For the average adult consuming 2,000 calories a day, a single 20-ounce Coke, with 65 grams of added sugar, puts you well over that limit...." see full article

1346 days ago | sfchronicle
Look for obesity solutions other than soda bans - San Francisco Chronicle (subscription)
"...On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on legislation that targets sugar-sweetened beverages in a misguided attempt to improve public health. The proposals would slap warning labels on billboards for sweetened beverages, ban beverage companies from advertising on city spaces, and stop the city from buying sweetened drinks. I invite the supervisors to consider a more comprehensive, balanced approach that will help reach this public health goal...." see full article

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