The food police have filed yet another petition with the FDA, begging Daddy and Mommy – er, the federal government – to make those evil beverage companies stop forcing soft drinks down our throats. In response, the industry’s trade group responded like grown-ups.

Everyone has a role to play in reducing obesity levels — a fact completely ignored in this petition,” the American Beverage Assn. said in a statement. “This is why the beverage industry has worked to increase options and information for consumers.”

Jacobson said beverage makers are offering more healthful options to consumers, who have been drinking less soda in recent years.

“Things are moving in the right direction,” he said. “Consumers are drinking less soft drinks, and I think a big reason is the obesity epidemic.”

How about this: If you’re concerned about your weight, or that of a loved one, cut back on calories and take a walk. No government required.