A bill requiring warnings about sugar-sweetened beverages was discussed at a hearing in Baltimore on June 7, which Baltimore Sun covered. Dr. Maya Rockeymoore testified in favor of the bill:

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, CEO of Global Policy Solutions, called the bill a “civil rights imperative.” African Americans are more likely to develop obesity and Type 2 diabetes, she said, and the beverage industry disproportionately targets African American neighborhoods with advertising.

“These conditions are causing unnecessary pain, suffering and early death in our communities,” Rockeymoore said.

She praised the warning label as a way for consumers to see the link between consuming sugary beverages and adverse health effects.