It is reported that Regular sodas will disappear from many US schools under a new agreement announced Wednesday by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Cafeterias and vending machines will stock only low-calorie soft drinks, in addition to various types of water, juice, tea, and milk.

The effort is part of a plan to address obesity among American youth, which has skyrocketed over the past 20 years. It will give school children nationwide a better chance at achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding the many health problems, including cancer, that are associated with obesity.

The drinks at schools will be sold in 8-ounce containers and can have no more than 100 calories (more calories will be allowed for some milks and juices). Middle schools will offer the same choices, but in 10-ounce servings. High schools will only sell 12-ounce beverages of about 100 calories. In addition to the drinks offered to elementary and middle school kids, the offerings for older kids will include no-calorie or low-calories drinks like teas, diet sodas, sports drinks, and flavored waters.
Nutrition experts agree that the calories in soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks are helping kids -- and adults -- pack on the pounds. That's one reason ACS recommends going easy on soft drinks -- it's easier to maintain a healthy weight without all those calories, and especially important to cut back on empty calories like those in sodas.