US City Bans Sugary Drinks on Children’s Menus
Recently, Baltimore, Maryland, became the largest city in the United States to ban restaurants from including sodas and other sugary drinks on their menus for children.
Now, Baltimore's restaurants can only offer milk, water or 100 percent fruit juice as drinks with meals meant for children.
At places to eat in the city, boys and girls can still drink soda. But an adult will have to order it for them.
Restaurants failing to obey the new law face a $100 fine.
Doctor Leana Wen is Baltimore's Health Commissioner. She said that the "law will help families make the healthy choice the easy choice."
"The science is clear," Wen said. "One of the biggest contributors to childhood obesity is sugary drinks." She added that "childhood obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and early death."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, in Baltimore, one in three school-aged children is obese. CDC officials define obesity as weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height.
A federal study of Baltimore showed that about one in four schoolchildren drink soda every day.
The America Heart Association suggests that children two years of age and older drink no more than one 227-gram soda per week.
The CDC website states that nationwide "the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. Records from 2015 and 2016 show that nearly 1 in 5 school-age children and young people (6 to 19 years) suffer from obesity.
The Restaurant Association of Maryland opposes the new law. It says Baltimore's restaurants are already facing enough business challenges. It warns the law will make those challenges even worse.
Other smaller U.S. cities – seven in California and one in Colorado -- have already banned sodas from children's restaurant menus. However, Baltimore is the first large city to take this step.
Whether or not such bans are approved in other cities, both large and small, remains to be seen.
I'm Anna Matteo.
1.sugary drinks 含糖饮料
Milk's proteins (whey and casein) can make you feel more satisfied than sugary drinks.
2.fruit juice 果汁
Now I drink a lot of water and some fruit juice.
3.childhood obesity 儿童肥胖
Childhood obesity is associated with a higher chance of obesity, premature death and disability in adulthood.
4.risk factor 风险因素
Diabetes is one of important risk factor for coronary heart disease.
5.Whether or not such bans are approved in other cities, both large and small, remains to be seen.
It remains to be seen ...有待观察
It remains to be seen whether her parliamentary colleagues will agree.
It still remains to be seen whether Buchanan will be just a gadfly or a real threat to the president.
6.Records from 2015 and 2016 show that nearly 1 in 5 school-age children and young people (6 to 19 years) suffer from obesity.
suffer from 遭受；患有
Many kids suffer from acne and angst.
I still suffer from catarrh and sinus problems.
利阿娜（Leana Wen）博士是巴尔的摩的卫生专员。她说，这项法律将帮助家庭更轻松地做出健康选择 。
利阿娜表示：“科学证据十分明确。含糖饮料是儿童肥胖的罪魁祸首之一 。”她补充说，“儿童肥胖是导致糖尿病、心脏病和早逝的主要风险因素 。”
马里兰州的餐厅协会反对这项新法律。该协会表示，巴尔的摩的餐厅面临的商业挑战已经足够多了 。它警告说，这项法律将导致这些商业挑战更为严苛 。