A proposed bill in California would make water and milk the “default beverage” for children at restaurants who order children’s meals. Senate Bill 1192 has already been passed in the Assembly and may soon be signed by Governor Jerry Brown.
The proposed bill was made in an effort to curb childhood obesity and childhood diabetes. If passed, children’s meals will automatically be served with water or milk instead of a soda or juice option with high sugar content.
“I think kids eight and under should not have sugary drinks in restaurants because young bodies need healthy food to grow and the sugar could also cause them to get hyper thus disrupting other customers,” says Elizabeth Merrifield, a 15-year-old Sacramento resident.
According to the text of SB-1192, some of the reasons for this proposal are that “obese children are at greater risk for numerous adverse health consequences, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, certain cancers, asthma, low self-esteem, depression, and other debilitating diseases.”
Some people believe that the proposed bill will prevent childhood diabetes and obesity, while others believe that the bill is too much. Whichever way one feels, SB-1192, if adopted will have effects across California.