If you’ve got a trip to France coming up, you may want to add a little extra to your budget for soda refills – or simply opt for aqua.
The French government has officially banned the country’s restaurants from offering free refills of soda and other sugary drinks. The ban comes on the heels of a World Health Organization (W.H.O.) statement calling for a 20 percent tax on sugary drinks to help combat obesity and type-2 diabetes.
This is just the latest fat-fighting effort from the French government; vending machines have been removed from schools and cafeterias are only permitted to serve French fries once a week.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that a little over 15 percent of French adults are obese, compared to about 36.5 percent of Americans.
Studies have shown that people who drink one to two sodas a day have a 26 percent increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes compared to those who don’t drink soda.
It’s this kind of research that inspired soda taxes like those implemented in the U.S. In Berkeley, California, the first soda tax in the country resulted in the consumption of sugary beverages falling 21 percent. Philadelphia, too, recently implemented a soda tax, but no major U.S. city has enforced a refill ban at all restaurants.