Doctors Calling For High Taxes On Sugary Drinks To Fight Obesity Epidemic

By Brian Lemay 2 comments


SOME OF THE LARGEST PHYSICIAN GROUPS ARE CALLING FOR HIGHER TAX ON SUGAR DRINKS TO FIDO BEESTY EPIDEMIC. HEALTH REPORTER STEPHANIE STAHL IS HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE TWO THAT GOT INVOLVED TODAY. TWO MORE TODAY. AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS AND AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, JOINED FORCES TO DAY, SAYING ATTACKS ON DRINKS THAT CONTAIN SUGAR WILL HELP REDUCE CONSUMPTION AND MAKE CHILDREN HEALTHIER. 63 PERCENT OF AMERICAN CHILDREN CONSUME ONE SUGAR DRINK EVERY DAY, THAT EQUALS ABOUT 30 GALLONS A YEAR, WHICH IS A BATHTUB FULL OF SUGAR. EXPLAIN IN PART FOR OBESITY EPIDEMIC AND MANY OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS LIKE HEART DISEASE, DIABETES. IT IS NOT JUST SEWED A SPORTS DRINKS, TEA, MANY JUICES ARE LOADED WITH EXTRA SUGAR. CITING CONCERN ABOUT CHILDREN’S HEALTH AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRIC AND AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION ARE NOW CALLING FOR SUGARY DRINK TAXES, SIMILAR TO WHAT PHILADELPHIA HAS ALREADY INSTITUTED. THE TWO ORGANIZATIONS ISSUED A JOINT POLICY STATEMENT ENDORSING WIDESPREAD PUBLIC HEALTH REGULATIONS, TO HELP REDUCE AMOUNT OF SUGARY DRINKS THAT KIDS CONSUME. THEY WANT LIMITS ON MARKETING TO CHILDREN AND MORE PRECISE NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION ON PACKAGING. STATEMENT FROM THE AMERICAN BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION SAYS IN PART WHILE SODA CONSUMPTION HAS DECLINE BY A THIRD, THE OBESITY RATES HAVE INCREASED BY A QUARTER. THOSE OBESITY RELATED TO SEWED ATE SHOULDN’T HAVE GONE DOWN IF THEY WERE DIRECTLY CARL LATED. THE ASSOCIATION ALSO SAYS THAT PARENTS SHOULD BE, IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT TO DECIDE WHAT IS BEST FOR THEIR CHILDREN. HEART ASSOCIATION AND ACADEMY OF PEDIATRIC IS ADDED IN HIS STATEMENT THAT PARENTS SHOULD TALK TO THEIR KIDS ABOUT HEALTHY DRINK OPTIONS AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO DRINK MAINLY WATER AND MILK. AND DOCTORS SAY IT IS NOT JUST SUGAR IN DRINKS THAT IS CAUSING OBESITY, OBVIOUSLY. THEY BLAME FATTENING LOW NUTRITION FOOD, LOTS OF LACK OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND POOR SLEEP ROUTINES. IN TERMS OF THE TAX PROPOSAL NO INDICATION OF WHAT HAPPENS NEXT OR WHERE IT GOES BUT WE

2 Comments

Pixel_Geist

Mar 3, 2019, 2:02 am Reply

i drink sugary drinks all day long. Im not obese. Try again rich doctors that want my tax money

J R

Mar 3, 2019, 3:10 am Reply

Sugary drinks have always been around and a big majority of kids were not obese back in the days. I truly think it's the hormones in foods nowadays.

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