Should The Government Limit Sugary Drinks?

Ruth Martin, Reporter

The obesity rate in America is rising significantly every day, and this epidemic is scarier than you might think. There are about 3 million cases every year, and it doesn’t seem to be decreasing. Sugary foods like candy and soda are addictive, which makes the human body crave for more. So how does one know they’re overweight? Well, here’s where the mathematical problems come in. Doctors classify patients as underweight, healthy weight, overweight and obese. All of these categories are determined by Body Mass Index or BMI. It’s a measure of body fat based on your height and weight.

Sugary drinks like Coca-Cola and Pepsi contain about 40 grams of sugar, or 15 tablespoons. Sodas are one of the most addictive drinks and caffeine is a stimulant, so it will give you a boost of energy. The government does everything to keep our country safe, so should they be granted the power to control how much sugar we intake? Well, it would be great if they could, but they can’t control everyone’s food habits. Instead, they could spend more time educating people about the bad effects of sugary drinks.

I think there should be a limit in how much soda we can drink, as New York city approved a ban on sugary drinks than are more than 16 ounces in all restaurants or any other areas that serve food and drinks. People are unconsciously addicted to sugar, and they do not realize the implications it can have on their health. Studies show that large amounts of sugar can turn into liver fat, Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, dental health and a high risk of cancer. People make the argument that the government shouldn’t be able to make decisions about our choice of food and drink, but if it’s concerning our health, then they must have a say. This doesn’t mean we can’t ever drink sugary drinks, we just need to learn how to control how much we drink.