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U.S. Advisory Council Strongly Suggests State/Local Taxes On Junk Food, Sodas

September 1, 2009: 05:33 AM EST
A Washington-based nonprofit advisory organization has urged that state and local governments target the childhood obesity epidemic by implementing an array of initiatives, including imposing taxes on junk food and soft drinks. Emphasizing the soaring obesity rates among U.S. children – 18% of adolescents are considered obese – the National Research Council suggested other options, including requiring restaurants to list the calorie content of menu items. On the subject of taxation, a university dietician said that "a 10 percent increase in the price of a sugar-sweetened beverage could reduce consumption by 8 to 10 percent," Reuters reported.
Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor, "Tax Junk Food, Drinks to Fight Child Obesity: Report", Reuters , September 01, 2009, © Thomas Reuters
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