Big Soda Misinforms California's Senators

  • Posted on: Apr 10 2014

by Dr. Jeff Ritterman, MD 

On April 9, the Health Committee of the California State Senate passed Senate Bill 1000 (Monning), the Soda Warning Label Bill by a vote of 5-2. The bill would require sugary drinks sold in California to be labeled with the warning:  

"STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. The discussion was quite interesting."  

The sky isn’t falling, but obesity rates can

  • Posted on: Oct 8 2013

By Dr. Harold Goldstein, DrPH Executive Director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA)

Does a soda tax make sense in Telluride? It’s a fair question that demands research, science and critical thinking, rather than a bunch of beverage industry marketing.

Last week Big Soda started its anti-proposition 2A campaign. If history is any indicator, you can expect a slick, steady and well-financed Chicken Little act.

The Courage to Lead

  • Posted on: Oct 6 2013

by Dr. Jeff Ritterman, MD Former City Councilman from Richmond, CA

Will Telluride be the first town in the U.S. to establish a significant sugary drink tax to combat the obesity epidemic?  Battle lines are being drawn, and I am told that this initiative is controversial even in a town that has banned plastic bags!

What’s at stake is the health of our children. I say “our” even though I live in California because whatever is decided in Telluride will reverberate throughout the nation and the world.  

Junk-drink industry fuels nation's obesity crisis

  • Posted on: Mar 5 2013

By Anthony B. Iton, M.D., J.D., MPH, Senior Vice President at The California Endowment
Unlike a financial collapse or a terrorist attack, the obesity crisis our nation now faces was not triggered by a shocking event, and without a catalyzing shock to trigger a collective sense of urgency, it is nearly impossible to spark political action. As a result, the political response to the nation’s most significant health and economic threat falls somewhere between complete paralysis and utter disregard.