Shrinking a bottle of diabetes to shrink our waistlines…agree?

Sugar-sweetened beverages are cheap and easily accessible but what is the actual price we’re paying? Firstly, sugar is addictive; and second, we spend billions a year treating its side effects (diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, cancer etc). Life is priceless and nothing is worth an early death. My advice is to avoid soda and other sugar-sweetened items completely, especially for kids. My weight loss was easy once I avoided sugar and eliminated processed foods from my diet. I am healthy and enjoy water, green tea, and the sweetness of natural fruit 🙂

It is worth reading a recent NYT article that covers NY major Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on sugar-sweetened beverages that are over 16 oz. The article addresses the fact that soda should not be classified as a food since it provides no nutritional value (all the calories are from sugar) and does more harm than good. It can be compared to alcohol and tobacco – both banned on food stamp programs. Thus, it is justifiable for the government to ban the purchase of sugar-sweetened beverages on food stamp programs. Bloomberg’s proposed ban is reasonable because it is just an attempt to control portion size and does not limit our freedom to consume soda. I agree, do you? Please share your thoughts!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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