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With the diabetes epidemic and so few really knowing how to take care of themselves, and the high amount of sweetened drinks that teens drink, YES, the government should become active and reduce the amount. The gov't. has to pay the medical bills for most diabetic seniors, etc., and it's costing them billions. It would be a major contribution to diabetics if there were more sugar free drinks available.
First off milk and/or water is available at every place I've been. Secondly the key to preventing diabetes is education and exercise. If you want to stop the "diabetes epidemic" outlaw video games and limit computer time. Inactivity is why kids are getting fat and diabetic and having high blood pressure not just soda. If someone wants a large they will buy 2 smalls. Limiting size does not limit intake but it does increase tax revenue!;) Get people active and prevent several medical problems at once not just diabetes. What happened to personal responsibility?
If the govt quit spending money on health conditions that are caused by lifestyle choices - it would make our society become more personally responsible. Big Brother does not know what is best for me and my family and I resent the intrusion to my liberty. I don't want to pay, as a taxpayer, for other peoples poor choices or misinformation. Children should be taught more effectively in school about proper nutrition and health. My daughter's health class was miserably lacking in proper basic nutrition information. More time was spent pushing an organic and vegan philosophy than actual nutrient info and metabolism. Most people make choices even when they know what they are choosing is not the best - but they still do anyway. Make them and their families be fully responsible for their choices! Yes, it will get ugly, but it is the best and perhaps only way to fix the free-fall our country is in.
The govt. is the problem..approving sweeteners that are cancer causing and all the coloring and artificial ingredients...do not think that the FDA is testing and looking out for us..there is too much money to be made by all involved along with the big pharmacueticals