“Would you like a free refill?” is not a question soda drinkers in France will hear from their server any time soon. In an effort to reduce obesity and keep in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, the European country has moved to ban unlimited free refills on soft drinks in all restaurants and cafeterias that serve soda. This means the French will also say goodbye to self serve soda fountains.
The New York Times reports about France’s latest move to reduce calories among its diners. The country has been known to take actions in the past to limit the amount of sugars and fats served up. In 2004 they did away with school vending machines, in 2011 they began only allowing french fries to be served in schools once per week, and in 2012 a soda tax was imposed.
France happens to be one of the European countries with the least amount of obesity, 15.3 percent among adults compared with the U.S.’s staggering 36.5 percent according to the CDC. But it seems France along with another relatively fit country like Japan, want to stay on the forefront of keeping their citizens healthy. And even though France’s obesity rates are low, it is reported that 57 percent of men and 41 percent of women ages 30 to 60 years old are overweight.
What do you think of France’s ban on unlimited soft drink refills?
Do you think the U.S. should consider imposing a ban like this in our restaurants?
LOLZ That's great. For France. BUT here in the ol' US of A we have an obesity issue that cannot be ignored. Our kids are FAT AF, LAZY, UNMOTIVATED, UNCHALLENGED, etc. Gym class? Eh. That was a horror show of sweaty (pre)pubescent underarms & self conscience behavior . After school is sitting around playing video games & eating cheap snacks. Good but fattening snacks. Snow to be shoveled? Leaves to be raked? Garbage to be picked up in yard? The kids scatter like when someone yells BOMB. So what do we do? We cannot force feed kids fruit & veggies..meat & dairy are KNOWN carcinogens (milk from cows teets produced to grow a baby cow into a hundreds of pounds young cow don't do jack sh*t for HUMANS) It's up to parents/caregivers to feed and excercise their kids. Everything starts at home. Good and bad habits. We also need to educate kids at school. In home ec make delicious vegetarian & vegan dishes, teach them healthy & yummy CAN go hand in hand.
I think it's a good idea. America drinks way to much soda especially our kids!