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Can A Soda Tax Really Save Lives?
2012-01-10 09:22:08

UPDATE: Beverage industry responds to Health Affairs paper on sugar-sweetened beverage taxes - Download PDF A nationwide tax on sugar-sweetened beverages would help prevent heart disease and stroke and could prevent as many as 26,000 deaths per year, according to new data from universities and hospitals in the United States. Americans consume 13.8 billions of gallons of soda, sports drinks, sweet tea, and sugary beverages every year, which is fueling obesity and diabetes rates across...

2011-12-21 06:24:41

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Clear and visible caloric information about sugar sweetened beverages such as soda and fruit juice may reduce the likelihood of adolescents purchasing these drinks by as much as half. "People generally underestimate the number of calories in the foods and beverages they consume," Sara Bleich, PhD, assistant professor with the Bloomberg School's Department of Health Policy and Management, was quoted as saying. "Providing easily understandable caloric...

2011-12-03 11:21:21

A 'sin tax' applied to sweetened goods on store shelves is not the most efficient, effective method of lowering caloric intake from sweet food and would be more disruptive to consumers than necessary, according to Iowa State University research. With a national debate taking shape about the possibility of a national tax on foods with high sweetener content, ISU economists have examined how such a tax would best be applied. Rather than assessing a tax on these sugary goods as they are...

2011-06-29 09:31:44

Research shows surprising reason why soda tax to reduce obesity won't work To many, a tax on soda is a no-brainer in advancing the nation's war on obesity. Advocates point to a number of studies in recent years that conclude that sugary drinks have a lot to do with why Americans are getting fatter. But obese people tend to drink diet sodas, and therefore taxing soft drinks with added sugar or other sweeteners is not a good weapon in combating obesity, according to a new Northwestern...

2010-06-22 13:58:00

DAVIS, Calif., June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five different bills are moving through the state legislature this month aimed at addressing the state's skyrocketing obesity numbers. Ironically, none of these bills address what you eat but instead what you drink. "At their peril, most Americans have focused almost exclusively on foods and ignored the hefty serving of calories and sugar they consume through beverages," says California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) Executive...

2010-04-29 09:22:00

WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- A new poll commissioned by the Campaign for Healthy Kids found that 55 percent of likely Philadelphia voters would support taxation equal to 2 cents per ounce on sugar-sweetened beverages if funding was dedicated to support programs to combat childhood obesity. "Childhood obesity is an epidemic in Philadelphia and across the country," said Andrew Hysell, Project Director for the Campaign for Healthy Kids. "In fact, today's children could be the first...

2010-04-01 10:59:45

Existing sales taxes on soda and other soft drinks have been ineffective in curbing childhood obesity, according to a new study published by the nonprofit RAND Corporation. Researchers, including RAND senior economist Roland Sturm, have determined that small taxes have reduced consumption in some at-risk groups, but more taxes are needed to help spread the anti-weight gain effort and discourage the purchase and consumption of the sugary beverages. "If the goal is to noticeably reduce soda...

2010-03-23 12:51:00

WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A national poll released recently by Rasmussen Reports shows that 56 percent of Americans oppose a tax on soft drinks, strongly believing that lawmakers are far more interested in raising money for more government than in using tax revenue for public health. The Rasmussen research underscores that Americans are weary of more taxes, highly skeptical that the revenues would go to anything other than bigger government, and extremely leery of the...

2010-03-09 10:00:00

Taxing fast food, carbonated soda, and other high-calorie consumables could help lower the average American's daily caloric consumption and lower the nation's obesity rates, according to findings published in the March 8, 2010 issue Archives of Internal Medicine. The study, which was conducted over a 20 year span by researchers at the University of North Carolina, showed that both average weight and risk for diabetes decreased as the price of fast food went up. Likewise, lower prices on said...

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