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.

Adrienne Moore

Comments (159)
  1. Bob Ho says:

    Sieg Heil! Only time stands between children being raised in prisons for their own safety.

  2. Bill Eggers says:

    Milk or water? The MILK symbolism is overwhelming! The State Government is now the Giant Udder that feeds the children so they can become accustomed to complete Government Control over their lives. California is now close to becoming the total Nanny State. Once Toilet Paper is deemed by the California State Government as a major cause of Global Climate Change, only APPROVED methods for ‘personal hygiene cleaning’ will be mandated “UND YOU VILL OBEY!!!” Are people REALLY this stupid in California that they need a government to dictate what their children can and should and WILL drink??

  3. Democrats will be wiped out forever after the midterms.

  4. Michael McConnell says:

    Our communist leaders will not be happy until they control every aspect of our lives. I don’t have kids but if I did, and they wanted to drink soda at a restaurant, I would allow them. If it is made illegal, I would order one and let them drink it. How much longer will the dolts in Sacramento seek to control everything except drug use and defecating in public.

  5. David S. McCalmont says:

    Socialists will never learn you can’t legislate behavior. But, then, come to think of it, this bill is more about punishing restaurants who don’t comply than it is legislating behavior. Ordering people around, making everybody conform to what the few petty tyrants at the top think is right and wrong – That’s what socialism, and socialists, are all about. First, a black market for plastic straws – Now, soda. California is becoming a laughing-stock across the Fruited Plain.

  6. Another great idea from California, but not as beneficial as the law requiring that underwear be worn on the outside.

  7. Scot Tucker says:

    Is there anything that liberalism does not destroy?

  8. Nathaniel Paul Francis Phillips says:

    Isn’t the onus on the parents to decide what their child gets?

  9. Typical of the police state; always attempting to micromanage every aspect of a persons life.

  10. Roger Black says:

    What about orange juice????

  11. Noah Less says:

    It’s not soda that is making these kids fat, it’s junk food and lack of physical activity.

  12. Michael Kohrs says:

    They could have just as easily added to the plastic straw law by saying any beverage containing frutose sweeteners and carbonation (CO2) can only be consumed by using a plastic draw device (straw). That would have stopped this cold.

  13. Jim Wolfson says:

    Thanks to democRats, even kids can’t have nice things.

  14. Gordon Wagner says:

    Will there be some kind of Beverage Police to enforce this nonsense?

  15. brucealmty says:

    Parents should not be allowed to have children. Only the state knows what’s best.

  16. Karen Bulakites Gibbens says:

    I feel it is up to the parents if the kids have a soda with their meal not the state.

  17. Markey Farrell says:

    Mamma guv’mint, Big Brudda, Uncle Sam…. just take the kids away after birth (if they get that far) and let the STATE raise them.

  18. Bryan Hann says:

    Will the *kids* be allowed to order alternatives if they are buying?

  19. Clearly the politicians in California are misinformed – and they are going to make the obesity issue and kids getting sick far worse.

    As Dr. Leila Denmark in Georgia – the first woman doctor in that state who lived to be 114 and practiced pediatrics until she was 107 – discovered and preached with a passion, DO NOT FEED YOUR KIDS Milk! after they are weaned. Why?

    Because they aren’t supposed to drink it. It’s in fact worse than soda, which she also prohibited.

    When you drink milk as kids, for some reason, you get a lot of colds and other sicknesses other than the normal chickenpox, etc.

    My mother, a nurse, had had 5 kids rapidly in the 50’s, and we were sick all the time. Until we went to see Dr. Denmark in Atlanta in the early 60’s. We were never sick again with another cold, no flu, nothing. We had water to drink, and lots of meat and vegetables and potatoes. Bread, but we were allergic to wheat later. Like our mother. And we only had sweets with birthday cakes, until we went to a church supper – that’s another issue!

    And we were none of us overweight, either.

    So before you pass that crazy bill, look up Dr. Denmark’s book written for all her hundreds of thousands of patients who did so well under her care. You need to learn it. Seriously.