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The Anti-Obesity Movement

It’s a major medical concern (unless you’re Dr. Pepper). More than two-thirds of Americans are now considered obese or overweight, which spells serious trouble for the country’s physical and economic health. While the anti-obesity crusade is nothing new, it’s certainly reaching new levels of visibility with the tireless efforts of Michelle Obama, the recent HBO mini-series The Weight of a Nation, and June’s announcement that Disney will ban junk-food ads from its TV and radio stations and websites. The effort’s public enemy number one? Soda. Last year, Mayor Menino banned the sale of soft drinks on municipal properties. Then this spring, NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg famously proposed a ban on sales of sugary drinks over 16 ounces in restaurants and some other businesses; now Cambridge mayor Henrietta Davis plans to propose a similar action limiting soda sizes in restaurants. When it comes to the obesity epidemic, it seems we’ve reached a tipping point.

_ Stuff Boston