Americans consumed 13.8 billion gallons of sugar-sweetened beverages in 2009, which provided approximately 70,000 “empty calories” per person.
A new study is asserting that if we want to limit the largest source of added sugar and excess calories in the American diet — both linked to weight gain and type 2 diabetes — the government should start taxing it!
After examining a hypothetical nationwide penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages, researchers found the consumption would drop 15% among adults 25-64 and, in effect, prevent 95,000 coronary heart events, 8,000 strokes, and 26,000 premature deaths in 10 year period!
The government would be making some serious bank too. $13 billion would be raised in annual tax revenue, while $17 billion in medical costs would be avoided.
We admit this is an inneresting approach to fight obesity, however we're not sure this is the right way to go. People need to be healthy because they want to be healthy, not because it's cheaper.
This is a free country where the decisions people make everyday shape their future. The key is to educate people about the importance of making better decisions today so they can have a healthier tomorrow.