US City Bans Sugary Drinks on Children's Menus

2018-07-30

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  • Recently, Baltimore, Maryland, became the largest city in the United States to ban restaurants from including sodas and other sugary drinks on their menus for children.
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  • Now, Baltimore's restaurants can only offer milk, water or 100 percent fruit juice as drinks with meals meant for children.
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  • At places to eat in the city, boys and girls can still drink soda.
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  • But an adult will have to order it for them.
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  • Restaurants failing to obey the new law face a $100 fine.
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  • Doctor Leana Wen is Baltimore's Health Commissioner.
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  • She said that the "law will help families make the healthy choice the easy choice."
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  • "The science is clear," Wen said.
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  • "One of the biggest contributors to childhood obesity is sugary drinks."
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  • She added that "childhood obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and early death."
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  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, in Baltimore, one in three school-aged children is obese.
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  • CDC officials define obesity as weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height.
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  • A federal study of Baltimore showed that about one in four schoolchildren drink soda every day.
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  • The America Heart Association suggests that children two years of age and older drink no more than one 227-gram soda per week.
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  • The CDC website states that nationwide "the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s.
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  • Records from 2015 and 2016 show that nearly 1 in 5 school-age children and young people (6 to 19 years) suffer from obesity.
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  • The Restaurant Association of Maryland opposes the new law.
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  • It says Baltimore's restaurants are already facing enough business challenges.
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  • It warns the law will make those challenges even worse.
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  • Other smaller U.S. cities - seven in California and one in Colorado -- have already banned sodas from children's restaurant menus.
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  • However, Baltimore is the first large city to take this step.
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  • Whether or not such bans are approved in other cities, both large and small, remains to be seen.
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  • I'm Anna Matteo.
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  • Recently, Baltimore, Maryland, became the largest city in the United States to ban restaurants from including sodas and other sugary drinks on their menus for children.
  • 2
  • Now, Baltimore's restaurants can only offer milk, water or 100 percent fruit juice as drinks with meals meant for children.
  • 3
  • At places to eat in the city, boys and girls can still drink soda. But an adult will have to order it for them.
  • 4
  • Restaurants failing to obey the new law face a $100 fine.
  • 5
  • Doctor Leana Wen is Baltimore's Health Commissioner. She said that the "law will help families make the healthy choice the easy choice."
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  • "The science is clear," Wen said. "One of the biggest contributors to childhood obesity is sugary drinks." She added that "childhood obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and early death."
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  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, in Baltimore, one in three school-aged children is obese. CDC officials define obesity as weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height.
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  • A federal study of Baltimore showed that about one in four schoolchildren drink soda every day.
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  • The America Heart Association suggests that children two years of age and older drink no more than one 227-gram soda per week.
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  • The CDC website states that nationwide "the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. Records from 2015 and 2016 show that nearly 1 in 5 school-age children and young people (6 to 19 years) suffer from obesity.
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  • The Restaurant Association of Maryland opposes the new law. It says Baltimore's restaurants are already facing enough business challenges. It warns the law will make those challenges even worse.
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  • Other smaller U.S. cities - seven in California and one in Colorado -- have already banned sodas from children's restaurant menus. However, Baltimore is the first large city to take this step.
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  • Whether or not such bans are approved in other cities, both large and small, remains to be seen.
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  • I'm Anna Matteo.
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  • Kenneth Schwartz wrote this story for VOA News. Anna Matteo adapted his story for Learning English. George Grow was the editor.
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  • Words in This Story
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  • juice - n. the liquid part that can be squeezed out of vegetables and fruits
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  • contributor - n. someone or something that contributes something or that contributes to something
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  • factor - n. something that helps produce or influence a result: one of the things that cause something to happen
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  • adolescent - n. a young person who is developing into an adult : a young person who is going through adolescence
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  • tripled - v. to cause (something) to become three times as great or as many
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  • challenge - n. a difficult task or problem: something that is hard to do