San Francisco supervisor orders study on effects of sugary beverages on society 

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New York City’s mayor tried to ban soda, while the president of Mexico is attempting to tax the beverages.

San Francisco may follow the trend, but first it needs a study.

Supervisor Eric Mar, who has built a reputation for pursuing diet initiatives with his famed Happy Meal toy ban of 2010, is now setting his sights on sugary drinks.

On Tuesday, Mar requested a study from the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office on the impacts sugar-sweetened beverages are having on residents’ health and health care costs, and what other cities are doing to reduce the guzzling of sodas, sweet teas and sports drinks. Once complete, the board will hold a hearing on the findings.

“San Francisco must understand the total cost of high sugar consumption,” Mar said, adding that only then will policymakers understand how best to address the impacts. “This costs our health care system a tremendous amount of money.”

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