As part of the major health care system overhaul President Obama is proposing a federal tax of soft drinks and other junk foods.
Supporters argue that this tax would have multiple benefits and help fund the health care reform. They also argue and and increase in the price of these sugared beverages and junk food would cause a decrease in overall consumption.
This could potentially relieve some of the burden on taxpayers for medical costs incurred by overweight and obese individuals.
A recent article from the New England Journal of Medicine reports that for each extra can of sugared beverage consumed per day that the likelihood of a child becoming obese increases by 60%.
We all know from my previous posts and the Fighting Fat For America TV show how much is spent each year on medical costs.
The American Beverage Association’s Susan Neely states that "taxes are not going to teach our children a healthy lifestyle".
What do you think of a federal tax increase on sugary beverages and food? Would you support it?
I am in favor of this if it helps discourage consumption.
What do you think? Leave your comments and thoughts below.
Yours in good health,
Jayson Hunter RD, CSCS America’s Trusted Weight Loss Expert