By Adrienne Moore

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new state bill would give kids two options with their meals at restaurants—water or milk.

Senate Bill 1192 would make water or milk the default drink for kids meals in a push to reduce obesity and access to sugary drinks for children.

The bill passed the Assembly and is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. If he signs it, California would be the first state in the nation to have such a law.

No one gets in the way of Isaiah Palacios and his soda.

“I need my root beer, I need my Fanta, I need my Sprite,” he said.

But California lawmakers could make that sugary fix harder to get as a new effort to impact the eating habits of children gains momentum at the state Capitol.

“Cancer is fought in the halls of government, not just in the halls of the hospital,” said Stephanie Winn with the American Cancer Society.

Her group is one of many supporting the bill that would force restaurants to automatically serve water or milk with kids meals instead of juice or soda. She argues children’s meals shouldn’t come with a side order of diseases.

“Some of these kids are drinking up to three sodas a day. This is setting them up for tremendous cancer risks down the road. Because now we know that 20 percent of all cancers are tied to being overweight,” she said.

The bill would still allow parents to order alternatives; they would just have to ask for it.

Comments (158)
  1. Frank Ney says:

    “Apparently, on New Texas, killing a politician was not considered malum in se, and was considered malum prohibitorum only to the extent that what the politician got was in excess of what he deserved.” – H. Beam Piper, Lone Star Planet.

  2. Donna Joy says:

    I need to find a place to live where I can parent my own children. I’ve really come to hate this place where nearly everything I do and every decision I make with regard to my personal and family life, is now subject to legislation, and it is apparent that the noose will only tighten as time goes on if things don’t change drastically.

    Pasteurized cows’ milk is associated with multiple serious lifelong health problems. It has detrimental effects on the human immune system. Milk is species-specific; cows’ milk is for baby cows, not human children!

  3. Matt Tray says:

    So according to the People’s Republic of Commiefornia, sodas cause cancer now? Honestly, I am more worried about what is in your water…

  4. Mary M. Davis says:

    1) My oldest and I were allergic to milk, realized it was because the cows were grain fed. The state and restaurants gonna pay the ER, ambulance, and doctor bills for every anaphylactic reaction? HA!.
    2) Most waters are NOT pure spring water, with NOTHING added or only minerals added. No restaurant is going to spend hundreds/thousands to add pure water to their menu.
    3) Some of us believe in the glass of soda at a restaurant being the weekly treat.

    HOW DARE this state try to take away one more parenting right.

  5. Cathy Benjamin Jacobs says:

    Elsewhere, I read that restaurants will be fined in they print any drinks on the children’s menu other than milk or water.

    So, let me get this straight: If a restaurant prints other drinks on the menu, and a parent asks for a Coke for their kid, the restaurant will be fined.

    If they don’t print other drinks on the menu, and a parent asks for a Coke for their kid, they won’t be fined. AND THE KID ENDS UP WITH THE COKE ANYWAY!!

    Only in Calitaxifornia!

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