3337.0 Should Food Stamps be used to Purchase Soda?

Monday, November 8, 2010: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
There has been a substantial increase in the consumption of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages since the 1970's. During this same time frame, there have been corresponding increases in caloric intake and the prevalence of obesity. Research increasingly suggests that consumption of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages may be an important contributor to the obesity epidemic and to an increase in caries prevalence. In addition to links with obesity and oral disease, soft drink consumption has been associated with a number of other poor health outcomes. These include increased risk of coronary heart disease, hypertension, insulin resistance, and diabetes. Higher consumption rates are found among low-income populations and people of color. These sub-populations are the same groups that tend to be at increased for obesity and diabetes.
Session Objectives: Discuss the health impacts of soft drink consumption and factors impacting public policy concerning their use.

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Organized by: Oral Health
Endorsed by: APHA-Committee on Women's Rights, Food and Nutrition

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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