Reflex: November 1, 2011

President Obama in good health and is tobacco free, Erica Werner reports. His cholesterol is down, he is of ideal weight and has stopped smoking. Don’s comment: smoking is the leading preventable cause of mortality, and a smoker stopping at age 50 as has the President should extend their life by around 5 years as compared to continued smoking until death.

Young people are being exposed to a substantial amount of marketing for sugary drinks, reports the RWJF. These include full0calorie soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, and fruit drinks. “Companies are targeting Black and Hispanic children and teens. Black children and teens saw 80 to 90 percent more ads compared with White youths. From 2008 to 2010, Hispanic children saw 49 percent more ads for sugary drinks and energy drinks on Spanish-language TV; Hispanic teens saw 99 percent more ads.” Aaron’s Comment: You know what I’m going to say, right? This can’t be good for obesity.

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