Two words... soda tax ... There has been some talk and discussion over the debate on placing taxes on sodas. The thought is that increasing the price of these products that have been implicated as one of the causes of the childhood obesity epidemic would help to defray some of the health costs -- in addition to increasing awareness; you would think twice about buying a more expensive shirt, right? Do you really need it? Do you REALLY want it? Same concept with sodas ... you would certainly reconsider, right? Or would you?... TIME just published an article this week " Tax and Sip " -- it's definitely worth picking up a copy at your local news and magazine stand. It keeps you informed on what is going on with this topic and helps to formulate your own educated opinions on these important topics coming up. One thing that comes to mind ... if sodas are being blamed primarily for the childhood obesity epidemic and thus, taxed, what about the other things that are also a bit more subtle yet also contributing factors? What about artificially-flavored, low fiber and high-sugared juices? What about products containing high fructose corn syrup (mostly everything on the shelves these days)? What about penalties for not meeting exercise and activity recommendations? What about fast food places, grocery stores or restaurants offering high-calorie, high-fat, low nutrient food options? Is it really fair to just pick on just one?