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Labeling Sugary Drinks

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(FOX 11) At Staples Center a little boy heading into the Lakers game tells me he likes sugary sodas, but California State Senator Bill Monning apparently doesn't. He's introduced legislation in Sacramento proposing that all sugary 12 ounce drinks with more than 75 calories be labeled with the warning DRINKING BEVERAGES WITH ADDED SUGAR(S) CONTRIBUTES TO OBESITY, DIABETES AND TOOTH DECAY.

Those who support the bill say the warning labels are a good way to educate consumers so they can make healthy choices. They say there's a growing amount of research suggesting sugary drinks contibutes to added empty calories in the American diet and to obesity. Dr. Kai Nishi is a surgeon who works with the obese. He does gastric bypass and other weight-reducing surgeries. He thinks the proposal is a step in the right direction. He says ""obesity is an epidemic in this country. Not just among our adults, but it's also affecting our children so that now 1 in 5 kids is obese."

We found soda-drinkers who liked the idea and others who wouldn't be swayed by labels, but to CalBev, which represents the soda industry sodas aren't the major problem.

In a statement CalBEV says "it is misleading to suggest that soft drink consumption is uniquely responsible for weight gain. In fact, only 4% of calories in the average American diet are derived directly from soda."

It's expected that the legislation proposed Thursday will see plenty of debate between the soda industry and proponents of labeling sugary drinks.

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