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Will the Soda Tax help to stop obesity in America?

"The momentum for federal taxes on soda is growing. President Barack Obama recently said he thought Congress "should be exploring" the idea of a tax on sugared drinks as a way of tackling the nation's ever-expanding waistline. Thomas Frieden, the president's nominee for director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, argued in an article for the New England Journal of Medicine last April that "a penny-per-ounce excise tax could reduce consumption of sugared sodas by more than 10%."

And now, in a new paper in the New England Journal of Medicine this week, Kelly Brownell, Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale, and a bevy of public health experts, reiterate the litany of studies correlating our increasing girth to our increased appetite for sugared soda."

continue: http://www.forbes.com/2009/09/16/nejm-health-obesity-cigarettes-opinions-contributors-soda-tax.html

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 9:00 AM on Mar. 5, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (82)
  • Adults know what makes them fat and know what makes kids fat- they either have a medical condition that keeps them obese or in some cases-they just do not care. Being healthy does not always mean being thin. You need to MOVE-walk, run, hike, bike- do something-it is the only way to be truly healthy. I know thin people with no muscle tone, weak hearts, bad health- I know heavier people that are actually quite healthy. Soda alone does not wreck your health-it may be PART of an unhealthy lifestyle but cutting out soda alone will not make you healthy.
    soyousay

    Answer by soyousay at 9:27 AM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • nope
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 9:01 AM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • No. People will still buy it no matter if it has tax or not. It is like cigerrets people will still buy thme at $10 a pack. It is just another wya to get more money. Govy does not really care about our health.
    Ibelongtojesus

    Answer by Ibelongtojesus at 9:01 AM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • nope.

    I love Pepsi, I'm NOT obese by any means. It's not gonna stop me from buying it and it's not going to make people skinnier to not drink it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:07 AM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • More and more taxes to close the budget gap.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:10 AM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • People will be fat, as long as the government continues to subsidize the very foods they tell you not to eat,according to their own food pyramid.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 9:11 AM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • From The New England Journal of Medicine:

    "Currently, 33 states have sales taxes on soft drinks (mean tax rate, 5.2%), but the taxes are too small to affect consumption and the revenues are not earmarked for programs related to health. This article examines trends in the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, evidence linking these beverages to adverse health outcomes, and approaches to designing a tax system that could promote good nutrition and help the nation recover health care costs associated with the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages."

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:15 AM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • People will be fat, as long as the government continues to subsidize the very foods they tell you not to eat,according to their own food pyramid.

    Well said!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:18 AM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • It is just another wya to get more money. Govy does not really care about our health.

    Yes!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:18 AM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • No it will not stop obesity, it will just produce more money..Maybe if they really want to reduce obesity they should make gyms free and open to everyone like libraries or maybe give tax breaks to people who belong and use gyms regularly.Also nutrition should be a bigger part of school curriculum.

    kjfamily

    Answer by kjfamily at 9:18 AM on Mar. 5, 2010

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