Ensure all restaurant meals marketed to children in Vermont meet nutrition standards and do not provide sugar-sweetened beverages as part of these meals
Up to one-third of cancer cases and cancer deaths in the United States are due to poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, overweight and obesity. Obesity is also a major contributor to the state’s burgeoning health care system, with obesity-related health care costs among Vermont adults estimated at $291 million per year.This amount likely underestimates the total health care costs of obesity because it does not include obesity-related health care costs in youth. Childhood obesity increases the risk for adult obesity and chronic diseases, including cancer, in addition to independently increasing the risk for a number of major health problems.
Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice
Many cancers can be prevented with lifestyle changes. According to the Vermont Department of Health, 3 behaviors contribute to 4 diseases that result in 50 percent of deaths in Vermont.The lack of physical activity, poor diet and tobacco use results in cancer, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and lung disease; which kills 50 percent of Vermonters.Therefore the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network supports policy efforts to make the healthy choice the easy choice for Vermonters, including reducing the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages in children’s restaurant menus by setting nutritional standards and eliminating sugary drinks from any menus marketed to Vermont kids.