SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SODA
1 In a deal brokered by former president Bill Clinton and the American Heart Association, the nation's
2 three largest soft-drink companies – Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Cadbury Schweppes – have voluntarily
3 agreed to stop selling high-calorie sodas and sugary drinks, like iced tea and lemonade, to American
4 schools. Instead, the beverage manufacturers, which stock about 90% of all school cafeterias and
5 vending machines, will supply younger students with only bottled water, low-fat and nonfat milk and 100%
6 fruit juice. High schools will still get low-calorie drinks, sports drinks and diet sodas. The new plan, which
7 is expected to be in place in three years, will affect an estimated 35 million public school children.
8 Nutritionists and public-health advocates applauded the deal as a major step toward battling
9 childhood obesity. According to government statistics, more than a third of U.S. children and adolescents
10 are overweight, and 17% are obese. What does soda have to do with it? Consider this: per capita,
11 Americans drink more than 50 gallons of soda a year. Sugary drinks, including carbonated sodas and fruit
12 drinks, comprise the biggest source of calories in the American diet, according to a report from the Center
13 for Science in the Public Interest. And teenagers get a full 13% of their daily calories from sweetened
14 drinks. The average American teenager, the CSPI report concludes, gets as much sugar a day from
15 sweetened drinks as he or she ought to get from all foods.
16 So, now that soda is out of the schools, what's next? Is there another unhealthy culprit that needs
17 to be banned from the school yard?
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