Soda ban gives doctors entry point for talks about weight issues – amednews.com

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A good reminder that symbolic aspects of regulations like the soda serving size limit in NYC can also prompt greater awareness and change in behaviour. Quote:

But many health professionals agree that the recent restrictions will raise awareness among the public and the medical community about the negative impact of sugary beverages and large portion sizes on a person’s weight.

“This is the kind of [regulation] that’s significant, because it’s symbolic,” said Steven M. Safyer, MD, president and CEO of Montefiore Medical Center in New York. “It gets everyone’s attention. It’s focusing on the fact that people are drinking gargantuan amounts of soda, and it never satiates them.”

Soda ban gives doctors entry point for talks about weight issues – amednews.com.

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