www.nytimes.com - June 17th, 2012
To understand why sugary drinks and soda are back on Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s hit list, a reader need look no further than the supermarket shelves in the Bronx, where soda is often cheaper — and more abundant — than water.
It is difficult to imagine anywhere else in America where this industry has a larger presence. It is also difficult to think of a larger contributor to the obesity and Type 2 diabetes epidemics than sugar.
Although public health is no substitute for personal responsibility, Mr. Bloomberg is correct in targeting the beverage industry, which has profited immensely from putting sugary drinks in the hands of millions of Americans, including children.