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U.S. doctors target sugary drinks bought by government
Reuters ^ | June 19, 2013 | Madeline Will

Posted on 06/20/2013 5:54:57 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

(Reuters) - The American Medical Association joined the effort to discourage consumption of sugary drinks on Wednesday with a pledge to work to get them off U.S. government food aid programs for the poor.

The nation's largest physician group said removing the sugary beverages from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would help reduce weight-related health problems.

"The AMA is working to improve the nation's health care outcomes, particularly cardiovascular disease and diabetes, which are often linked to obesity," said AMA President Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven said in a statement.

The group's stance came a day after mayors in 18 cities, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, sent a letter to Congress asking members to maintain funding for the food program, known as SNAP, while cutting its subsidy of sugary drinks.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: health; nannystate; nutrition; snap

1 posted on 06/20/2013 5:54:57 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 06/20/2013 5:55:18 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Beware the leaven of the medical Pharisees.


3 posted on 06/20/2013 5:56:36 PM PDT by lightman (Prosecute the heresies; pity the heretics.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

So sick of all these busy bodies!


4 posted on 06/20/2013 5:57:40 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This will just result in more restrictions on businesses (which is what every government action ultimately results in anyway). They will be required to reinventory every “food” item.


5 posted on 06/20/2013 6:00:47 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: penelopesire

Self-appointed omnipotent moral busybodies.


6 posted on 06/20/2013 6:02:40 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sorry, but I disagree.

That high-calorie beverages are a nutritional disaster is clearly established.

Which doesn’t mean the government should be banning them. People have the right to make stupid decisions, and it’s not the government’s business to try to stop them.

But there’s a huge difference between the government forbidding people to do something stupid and the government deciding not to pay people to do something stupid.


7 posted on 06/20/2013 6:02:48 PM PDT by jdege
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I believe the AMA is considered the largest medical association only because all medical profs and students belong to it.


8 posted on 06/20/2013 6:04:11 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Media makes too much money from ‘sugary drink’ advertising for this to ever fly LOL!

Bloomburg had the right idea: tax them!

That’s right- take the money the feds give the recipients and spend it on union raises and other boondoggles.

The media’s happy, the unions are happy, and the food stamp recipients don’t care.


9 posted on 06/20/2013 6:04:11 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Audit, fine and monitor people who use sugar products...


10 posted on 06/20/2013 6:04:12 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: jdege

But paying people to do stupid things is pretty much the defining criteria of a democracy...


11 posted on 06/20/2013 6:06:27 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Nanny state

The nanny state part is the food stamps. Since soda is not food I don't see why my tax dollar should be used to provide food stamps and then they're used on stuff with negative nutritional value.

What's the solution? Put US citizens back to work so they can afford their own food. And send home non-citizens who aren't self-sufficient enough to feed themselves.

12 posted on 06/20/2013 6:10:51 PM PDT by grania
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To: jdege

I agree with you 100%. My only issue is that they will find ways to get their sugary drinks, just like they find ways to get their cigarettes and booze. It’s amazing how they have money for that stuff.


13 posted on 06/20/2013 6:12:05 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They can have my energy drinks from my cold, clammy hands.

My cold. Clammy. Hands.


14 posted on 06/20/2013 6:12:15 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: jdege

If someone wants to use THEIR money to buy a soda, fine. I don’t want them to use MY MONEY aka WELFARE to buy luxury items such as soft drinks, potato chips or candy.


15 posted on 06/20/2013 6:22:55 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Dr.Nannies


16 posted on 06/20/2013 6:30:53 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; All

On one hand, the states have never delegated to Congress, via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate, tax and spend for food aid, aka vote-buying programs. So military issues aside, no citizen should be receiving federal food aid.

One the other hand, noting that the 13 original states were nanny states, the states still have 10th Amendment-protected nanny state powers although such powers are now limited by the 14th Amendment. And it’s ultimately up to a state’s legal majority voters to decide what, if anything, is on the menu of state food aid programs.


17 posted on 06/20/2013 6:33:58 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Sugary drinks”???

Have you looked at ‘juice drinks’ lately?

Have you looked at how many of those ‘drinks’ contain that nasty stuff, aspertame?

Have you looked at the inside of some of those ‘juice box drinks’, lately? There is MOLD possibly present in them!

Who’s been paying for this stuff?? SNAP!!


18 posted on 06/20/2013 6:51:15 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: penelopesire
Am I the only one old enough to remember liberals' claim that conservatives and Republicans want to dictate what you do "with your body?"

The last decades I can remember since lying liberals made those claims, the only ones wanting to "dictate what you do with your body" are all liberals, smoking, seat belts, paint, baby carriers, cribs, grilling out, electrical appliances, SUVs, trash collection, laundry soap, sanitary supplies, hair coloring, tanning beds, tattoos, etc.

Come on fellow FReepers, add your own liberal outrages. How long can this list get anyway.

19 posted on 06/20/2013 6:52:24 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I agree with this. Thirty years ago, I worked at Publix, and the customers were not allowed to buy pop, candy or prepared foods with food stamps. If Mooch was serious, btw, she would lead an effort to allow only meat, produce, dairy, and other nutritious foods to be bought with food stamps. No cookies, candy, pop, or chips!


20 posted on 06/20/2013 6:53:48 PM PDT by Montanabound
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Orange juice and some of the other fruit juices have more calories and as much sugar as sweetened carbonated drinks. And, the sugar is the current badboy, fructose.

I find many fruit juices so sweet that I dilute them upwards of 50% with water.


21 posted on 06/20/2013 6:57:48 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’ve been to AMA conferences and they feed doctors a bunch of high carbs and sugary drinks.


22 posted on 06/20/2013 7:01:28 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Say what you like about the Nanny State (and I agree with most of it); however, personally I’m of the opinion that corn sweetener kills more people every year than traffic accidents.

Lots more.


23 posted on 06/20/2013 7:02:57 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: goodwithagun

Don’t forget the DRUGS they always seem to have money for either.


24 posted on 06/20/2013 7:08:40 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


25 posted on 06/20/2013 7:11:28 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: zerosix

Spot on!!
They still use that meme...lol! Liberals always project their own dark shadows on others. It is pathological.


26 posted on 06/20/2013 7:16:32 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Agree.
If you’re thirsty, drink water.
If you’re hungry, eat food. Food stamps should not cover beverages. Milk? That’s one for WIC.


27 posted on 06/20/2013 7:27:59 PM PDT by Zuse
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To: Jack Hammer
...personally I’m of the opinion that corn sweetener kills more people every year than traffic accidents.

Bingo! High-Fructose Corn Syrup is the culprit, not real sugar. HFCS is in practically everything.
28 posted on 06/20/2013 9:27:50 PM PDT by HoneysuckleTN (Where the woodbine twineth... || FUBO! OMG! ABO! || Palin 2016)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Anyone else noticed how this idiot phrase "sugary drinks" has seeped into the junk science lexicon? Scientifically meaningless, it nevertheless appears to impress the whores and scoundrels of the media. Just another brick in the wall...
29 posted on 06/20/2013 10:48:01 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I love it when people put sweet’n low in the coffee they drink to wash down the big fat cheese danish they just stuffed in their piehole.


30 posted on 06/21/2013 12:16:28 AM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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