Size Does Matter... When it Comes to Soda


New York means business in the fight against obesity. Will smaller soda cups reduce waistlines?

By Lori Reamer, RD for GalTime

state government steps in to push healthier portion sizes for citizens

The New York Times reported last week that New York State is taking measures to prohibit the sale of beverages larger than 16 ounces in size, which may begin as early as March of 2013. 

Congratulations, I say,  to the administration of Mayor Bloomberg for taking such a big and bold stance against a calorie and sugar landmine that increases our waistline and incidence of diabetes as we mindlessly sip and slurp!

Kelly Brownell, a renowned obesity expert, is one of many who confirm that science shows us that the calories in beverages don't fill us up in the same manner in which food does. 

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Hence, you can sip continuously throughout your day and your brain doesn't register that your tank is full. It is often most prudent for most of us to eat our calories instead of drink our calories for this very reason. 

Obesity experts will also tell you that obesity is much more complex than calories alone, yet, consciously or unconsciously managing calories is often necessary to achieve weight loss. 

To make a case for the soda concern(s): a 16-ounce cola is listed as “small” at most fast-food restaurants and contains 150 calories. A “medium” is usually 21 ounces and 210 calories, and the “large” is 32 ounces and 310 calories.

Frustrating as it is, you have to eat or drink the right size in order to wear "the right size" - another "food that fits" philosophy in which food and fashion tango!

I'll drink (water) to that!

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This article was originally published at GalTime. Reprinted with permission from the author.