By Jonathan Purtle
"Soda and other sugary drinks are the only food or beverage that has been directly linked to obesity, a major contributor to coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers and a cause of psychosocial problems," the letter says. "Yet, each year, the average American drinks about 40 gallons of sugary drinks, all with little, if any, nutritional benefit."
The letter's signatories include the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, and health departments from across the country. Among them was the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
"Given the city's activities to make the public aware of the harms of consuming large amounts of sugary drinks and to decrease sugary drink consumption," Philadelphia health commissioner Donald Schwarz explained via e-mail, "we believe that a scientifically-rigorous report documenting the current state of information on these issues is warranted and will help policymakers understand the importance of taking action."
Sebelius has yet to respond to the letter, according to Center for Science in the Public Interest. Maybe they should have sent it to Michelle Obama.