France has never thought twice before taking actions on things that affects its people’s’ health. Firstly, in 2004, it had banned vending machines in schools. This was followed by limiting the serving of french fries to once a week in school cafeterias, in 2011. Later in 2012 imposing tax on all soft drinks.
France, in its latest move to reduce obesity in society, has passed a law to ban unlimited refills on sugary drinks. This means no restaurants can now offer unlimited sugary drinks. Neither at a fixed price nor free. Which means the soda fountains would no longer be seen in France.
This law might be the result of a 2014 study which showed that, in France 15.3% of adults were considered obese. One will be surprised to find that it is much lower than that of the United States, which was 36.5%.
As per WHO, overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. Body Mass Index (BMI) is the most common method used in adults to classify overweight and obese. According to its classification, BMI of more than 25 is overweight while BMI of more than 30 is considered to be obese.
Obesity plays a major role in putting a person at the risk of getting cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoarthritis etc. This makes it very important to take the necessary steps to tackle this serious health issue. The most common reason for people getting overweight and obese along with physical inactivity is increased intake of fat and sugar. Hence this ban on unlimited sugar refills surely seems to be a great step ahead in reducing the increasing rates of overweight and obese individuals.
I think more countries should opt for such steps towards a healthy population. What do you guys think? Do share your views in the comments below.