City of Davis, CA, Takes Soda off Kids' Menus

Statement of CSPI Nutrition Policy Director Margo G. Wootan

May 27, 2015

Soda and other sugary drinks raise kidsí risks for diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, and itís completely inappropriate for restaurants to promote them as the default choice with kidsí meals.

Parents in Davis, California, should be pleased and proud that the city council has passed an ordinance making milk or water, and not soda, the default beverages for meals intended for young children. Of course, parents are still free to request soda.

More cities and states should consider following Davisí lead. The biggest restaurant chains have already decided that the kidsí menu is no place for soda. McDonaldís, Burger King, Wendyís, and most recently Dairy Queen, have joined chains like Panera, Subway, and Chipotle that already donít offer soda or other sugary drinks with kidsí meals.

One day seeing soda on a kidsí menu will be like seeing an ashtray in a doctorís office.


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