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Curbing sugary drinks in Baltimore

Curbing sugary drinks in Baltimore

Last summer, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to require businesses that sell sugary drinks to post this disclaimer: "WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay." City leaders also banned ads for sugary drinks on public property and prohibited the use of city funds to buy such beverages.

It wasn't difficult to understand why. Studies suggest the consumption of sugary drinks — from soft drinks to sweetened energy drinks, iced tea and even some milk and juice-based beverages — is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. Researchers from Tufts University have calculated that it's...