American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network urging Surgeon General to conduct study of impact of sugar-sweetened beverages on consumer health, says such drinks play major role in nation's obesity crisis

LOS ANGELES , July 4, 2012 () – The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network is urging the Surgeon General to conduct a study of the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages on consumer health, Reuters reported July 3.

The network said in a letter to U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that such drinks play a major role in the nation’s obesity crisis, and as such a U.S. action plan is required.

Last May, New York City announced a proposal that would limit the cup sizes for such beverages to 16 ounces. Since then, other U.S. cities and towns have been looking at ways to curb consumption, citing the need to improve public health.

The primary source of this article is Reuters, London, England, on July 3, 2012.

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