The nanny state is attempting to limit what drinks children can receive at restaurants. A California bill proposing limiting restaurants to serving children water or unflavored milk with their meals passed the California Assembly and is now making its way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) desk.
However, the bill targeted at battling childhood obesity would not prevent children or parents from ordering alternatives, according to ABC 7.
If Brown signs the bill into law, California would be the first state to have such a nanny state law, CBS Sacramento affiliate KOVR reported.
According to CBS, several California cities have already passed similar restrictions, as have other cities across the United States, but never at the statewide level.
CBS reports that the American Cancer Society was an enthusiastic supporter of the bill.
“Some of these kids are drinking up to three sodas a day. This is setting them up for tremendous cancer risks down the road,” Stephanie Winn of the American Cancer Society told KOVR. “Because now we know that 20 percent of all cancers are tied to being overweight.”
A study from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that two-thirds of children ages 2 to 19 drink at least a single sugary beverage a day. The CDC also found an association between frequent soda consumption and obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, nonalcoholic liver disease, tooth decay and cavities, CBS News reported.
However, parents have expressed their opinions at the idea of the nanny state interfering with their parenting.