A Controversial Policy: Higher Taxes on Soft Drinks
New England Journal of Medicine Report That U.S. children aged 6 to 19 are three times as likely to be overweight as they were in 1970 Half of teenage boys drink more than two six-packs of soft drinks every week.(Oberlander)
President Barack Obama’s proposed health-care reform initiative.
The government want a higher tax on soft drinks
Only 34 percent of Americans--one out of three respondents--think that taxing sugared soda is a good idea.(Rasmussen)
Different Report The Yale Rudd Center Yale University’s Jason Fletcher a 10% tax could result in about an 8% reduction in consumption.(Ayala) soft drink consumption represents only 7% of the total energy intake. even if soft drinks were to be taxed at around 58%, just reduce the proportion of overweight by 0.7%. (Fletcher JM 23)
soft drinks and junk foods are not the only reason for obesity.
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