Physicians’ teams have lengthily taken a stand in opposition to excessive consumption of sugary drinks in America — and now they’re calling for some insurance policies to restrict entry to sugar-sweetened drinks amongst kids and teenagers.
The AAP and the AHA released policy recommendations on Monday focused at federal, state and native lawmakers, encouraging them to implement insurance policies that would scale back children’s consumption of sugary drinks, comparable to sodas, sports activities drinks, and juice.
The coverage assertion is the primary time AAP has applicable taxes on sugary drinks, it mentioned.
“I speak with my sufferers and their households regularly concerning the well-being harms of sugary drinks and the benefit of consuming primarily water and milk. However, nonetheless, sugary drinks are a mainstay in lots of youngsters’ diets. They’re cheap, simple to search out, firmly marketed, and style candy, so youngsters like them,” stated Dr. Natalie Muth, a practicing pediatrician and registered dietitian in Carlsbad, California, who was lead writer of the coverage assertion, printed within the journal Pediatrics.
The coverage assertion particularly requires:
- An excise tax on sugar-sweetened drinks;
- Federal and state governments to assist a lower in advertising of sugary drinks to kids and teenagers;
- National vitamin help packages to make sure entry to wholesome meals and discourage consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages;
- Rules that require added sugars content material to be included on diet labels, restaurant menus, and ads;
- Making wholesome drinks, like milk and water, the default on youngsters’ lists;
- Implementation of insurance policies in hospitals to restrict or disincentivize buying sugary drinks.
- Out of all of these coverage suggestions, Muth stated that a sugary drink excise tax has the best “evidence and precedent” to be most impactful.