Obesity is a serious public health challenge here in Texas and across America. Reducing obesity will take all segments of society-including our industry-working together on comprehensive solutions.
When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, balancing calories consumed from all foods and beverages with those burned through physical activity is key. Yet some try to single out sugar-sweetened beverages as a unique contributor to obesity. It should be noted that calories from added sugars in soda in the American diet have decreased by 39 percent since 2000, while obesity rates continued to soar.
Importantly, our member companies offer a wide array of beverage options in a range of calories and portion sizes. In addition, we continue to work with the public and legislators to promote healthy, balanced lifestyles.