The Wall Street Journal followed that up with the CDC’s “recommendations to help communities prevent and combat obesity. They include discouraging the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, instituting smaller portion-size options in venues such as government facilities, and requiring physical education in schools.” The beverage industry, unsurprisingly, opposes the on-the table soda-tax proposals.
Eating healthier foods and exercising more are obvious solutions to the issue. However, how can we make people personally accountable for their health, particularly as we aim for reform in our healthcare system? According to Kevin Keane, a spokesman for the American Beverage Association, “It’s overreaching when government uses the tax code to tell people what they can eat or drink.” Is government involvement going too far?