Starting in 1965 federal laws and policies were put into effect to prevent people, particularly children, from starting to use tobacco in an effort to reduce the harmful effects caused by tobacco use. Similarly, for the last several years, state and city governments have tried to decrease soda consumption by trying to pass legislation to limit the size of sodas, tax sodas and/or put warning labels on sodas.
- WatchBehind the Scenes Big Beverage (Links to an external site.)(1 min) From the Rudd Center. This video illustrates how soda companies spend money to influence public health initiatives.
- A soda tax law was recently passed in Berkeley, San Francisco, Boulder, Philadelphia and Mexico. Read Taxes on sugary drinks: Why do it? (Links to an external site.)
- Finally read an opposing point of view, Do soda taxes work? The global soda tax experiment (Links to an external site.)
For an in-depth perspective on this issue watchSoda Politics: An Evening with Marion Nestle (Links to an external site.)(35 minutes). Marion Nestle is a nutritionist, author and food policy expert. Video can be started at 4:46 minutes.
Then, go to our Discussion Board for this week by clicking the “reply” button below to submit an original post before midnight on Wednesday and comment on the following:
- What is your position in these debates and why?
- Is it the role of government to put laws like this in place?
- Is there one of these proposals that you believe should be enacted more widely? Give an example of a food or beverage that you enjoy that would be affected by a tax. How might this change your behavior or your attitude about consuming that item? If you don’t drink soda pick a different food such as ice cream, beef jerky, canned nuts, etc that you enjoy and how you would feel if it was taxed.
Start your post with the statement, I am in favor or I am against these proposals. Discuss which ones make sense to you, if any. After you reply, you will see all your classmates posts.
At least 250 words.
The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in rising worldwide. Type 2 diabetes is caused by both genetic and lifestyle factors, such as diet and exercise.
One third of adults have “prediabetes,” which means they have blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet in the range to be diagnosed with diabetes.
Approximately 88 million American adults—more than 1 out of 3—have prediabetes. That’s twice the population of California in 2021! Of those with prediabetes, 90% don’t know they have it.
The good news: prediabetes does not necessarily lead to type 2 diabetes. It is like a warning sign that it’s time to make some changes to your lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle habits can prevent the disease and even return blood sugar levels to normal. Modest weight loss and regular physical activity can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in people with prediabetes by up to 58%.
Take both tests and answer the questions below based on your results for extra credit.
Put the answers to these questions in your submission for your instructor to grade.
- Your type 2 diabetes risk score: ________
- Your prediabetes risk score: ______
- What are your greatest risk factors to develop prediabetes or diabetes?
- A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent disease such as type 2 diabetes and its precursor, prediabetes. What are the practical steps to prevent or forestall this disease? (list 2 specific strategies):