6 thoughts on “Confronting San Antonio’s Weight Problem

  1. Dr. Schlenker is an incredible asset to San Antonio and his efforts, laudable, but I’m baffled as to why Metro Health’s Loteria de Aguas would include la limonada (lemonade) and jugo de manzana (apple juice) as alternatives to soda as both contain just as much sugar. All sugar-sweetened beverages should be targeted, including juice, which kids also consume in excess. How about having the agua con limon and una manzana instead?

  2. After hearing you speak yesterday @ Síclovía, I now have a new hero :-). The drop in soda consumption and its positive effect on weight loss was so interesting, and I wanted to know more, more, more. This is also ultra-current thinking: See New York Times’ article yesterday reporting on the same Clinton Global Initiative. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/business/big-soda-companies-agree-on-effort-to-cut-americans-drink-calories.html?_r=0

    Last year I cut out diet soda completely (having cut out other soda before) and found that I instantly lost about 10 lbs., I suspect because I was finally hydrating. A year later, I can’t say I miss that at all — and have no reason to ever go back to it. I now know also what being properly hydrated feels like, perhaps for the first time in my life, and it’s hugely significant. No reason to mess with success! Glad to see there are so many possibilities on this front for permanent health improvement.

  3. As this article notes, food, not beverages, is the leading source of added sugars in the American diet. With respect to combating obesity, physical activity and overall caloric balance is key. The beverage industry is doing its part on this front, as acknowledged here, via our voluntary effort that aims to reduce calorie intake from beverages. This is the single-largest initiative by an industry to help enhance health in America, and we look forward to leveraging our marketing, innovation and distribution expertise to help bring meaningful change. – American Beverage Association

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