Public health busybodies on the move again
The Boston Globe reports that "City may curb sales of sugary beverages":
First, it was smoking in restaurants and bars. Then, artery-clogging trans fat in fast food joints and bakeries. Now, Boston health regulators have their crosshairs fixed on soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages sold in city buildings.Concerned about the girth of employees and visitors to government agencies, Boston officials are weighing - gingerly - whether to restrict or even prohibit the sale of calorie-laden refreshments on city-owned property.The city has convened influential health, education, and housing leaders to develop a policy that aims to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. While discussions are ongoing, Bill Walczak, head of a community health center and a member of the city's panel, said, "Somebody has to take a stand, and if it isn't the government and health care institutions leading the way to a healthier lifestyle, who's going to do it?''