Friday, August 10, 2012

Lawmaker: prohibit the sale of soft drinks big sizes!

No more 1.5L or 2L?

While other parts of the Philippines is submerged in flood due to heavy rain these days one lawmaker in Valenzuela City 2nd district Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo, released a statement last Thursday, he has filed House Bill 6341 or the Soda Regulation Act of 2012, this house bill seeks to prohibit the sale of soft drinks at 16 ounces or above per container.

This is Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo step to fight obesity and diabetes in the Philippines.

He said, “Based on the study, there were about 20 out of 100 adults of both sexes who were overweight in 1998. The figure increased to 24 and 27 out of 100 in 2003 and 2008, respectively,”

“In the 2008 survey, 2.7% Filipino adults aged 20 years and over are suffering from impaired fasting glucose, while hyperglycemia or high fasting blood sugar (FBS) level is 4.8%. The prevalence of hypertension among adults is 25%, increasing with age starting from age 40-49 years,”

Research shows, that the risk of becoming obese increases 1.6 times with each serving of soda. Where a regular eight-ounce soda already has five heaping tablespoons of sugar, while a can of soft drink has about 10 teaspoons of sugar. ~whew!

“Any health provider would simply recommend that adults consume less than six teaspoons of sugar a day while kids, only three teaspoons. Health authorities have warned that excessive intake of soda, which some say is habituating, can send one’s blood sugar shooting up,” Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo added.

If this house bill will pass all companies will be prohibited from selling nor advertising softdrinks at 16 ounces and above per container.

“Drinking soda causes obesity and diabetes.” - Yay!

-this is an old issue from way, way back...I don't think it's the size that matter here, it's the people's choice to drink softdrinks like water.

The company may either offer small or big quantity softdrinks - who cares actually!?

I can't believe that in times of calamity one lawmaker would choose to pass a house bill on the size of softdrinks than to think of ways on how to ease our problem on floods...jeez!


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