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Sugar-sweetened beverages linked to childhood obesity


The AHA recently named its top 10 advances in heart disease and stroke research. Included at number 6 are two studies that definitively linked the overconsumption of sugar-sweetened beverages to childhood obesity. Also this week, the State Obesity Task Force, of which the AHA is a member, voted to submit among its obesity prevention policy recommendations to the State Legislature, a bill to institute a fee on sugar-sweetened beverages with revenue generated used to fund additional obesity prevention efforts. The bill will be among Gov. Abercrombie's administrative proposals.

- Don Weisman, Hawaii Government Relations Director

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