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Soda taxes should be used to fight obesity: doctors
Reuters ^ | 06/21/2012 | Julie Steenhuysen

Posted on 06/21/2012 8:40:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

CHICAGO (Reuters) - America's largest physician organization recommended on Wednesday that taxes levied on sugar-sweetened sodas be used to fight the country's growing obesity crisis.

But the policy statement adopted by the American Medical Association's House of Delegates meeting in Chicago fell short of outright support for taxing sugar-sweetened beverages to control use of these products. Two recommendations to support such taxes put before the group's policy-making body in prior meetings failed to pass.

"While there is no silver bullet that will alone reverse the meteoric rise of obesity, there are many things we can do to fight this epidemic and improve the health of our nation," AMA board member Dr. Alexander Ding said in a statement.

The physician's group pointed to several studies showing that intake of sugar-sweetened beverages is strongly and consistency linked with increased body weight and a number of health conditions like type 2 diabetes.

According to the AMA, sugar-sweetened drinks make up nearly half of Americans' added sugar intake, and cutting consumption of these beverages is a simple way to reduce intake of sugar and empty calories.

The AMA said the policy recognizes that obesity is caused by many factors, but taxing drinks with added sweeteners is one way to help pay for education campaigns and other obesity-related programs.

Increasing taxes on sweetened beverages to a penny per ounce would reduce obesity rates by 5 percent and cut medical costs by $17 billion within a decade, the AMA Council on Science and Public Health said in its report.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: obesity; soda; taxes

1 posted on 06/21/2012 8:40:16 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
America's largest physician organization

Even the doctors are fat!

Only thing taxing would do is discourage consumption by making it more expensive.

Spending the taxes on "education" will do nothing.

Ridicule and shame may.

We have some control over whether we get type 2 diabetes, unlike many cancers.

We can make type 2 diabetes an expensive lifestyle choice.

2 posted on 06/21/2012 8:47:48 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: SeekAndFind

A sugar tax would do nothing, but force wheat and wheat byproducts off the market one month out of the year and watch people lose weight.


3 posted on 06/21/2012 8:48:06 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

yay, i’m sure those soda taxes would go right for medical costs of fat people.
Sure.

politicians just make it hard as hell for lower income people to even exists with all their BS taxes to punish behavior.


4 posted on 06/21/2012 8:50:48 AM PDT by snarkytart (http://www.freerepubli224%2C1)
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To: SeekAndFind

What does tax have to do with personal responsibility?

It’s like adding a tax to improve good manners in public; something that “Holder’s People” could dramatically improve upon.


5 posted on 06/21/2012 8:50:59 AM PDT by Hodar (A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.- Burroughs)
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To: SeekAndFind

New taxes “allocated for a specifice cause”......

ya...the money goes to the general fund to buy votes and $5 poster that says “eat right”....

“the money should go to....”

Has that EVER happened?
Anywhere? on ANY subject?

uhh..NO!


6 posted on 06/21/2012 8:51:18 AM PDT by G Larry (There's no hope of a safe landing when you hire a suicidal pilot!)
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To: SeekAndFind

What about lattes?

What about frapachinos?

What about ice cream?

What about caviar?


7 posted on 06/21/2012 8:52:49 AM PDT by Obadiah (2008: Hope & Change -- 2012: Fear & Destruction)
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To: SeekAndFind

Kinda like how tobacco taxes were supposed to fight smoking? Until they turned into such a cash cow, they're now used to pay for everything under the sun. (Except smoking cessation programs. We certainly can't have those smokers quit on us, now can we? Who'd pay for those wonderful programs? Oops, you mean they're dying? Well, we'd better find something else to tax!)

8 posted on 06/21/2012 8:53:59 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Increasing taxes on sweetened beverages to a penny per ounce would reduce obesity rates by 5 percent”

Huh....taxing something discourages it.

Who knew?


9 posted on 06/21/2012 8:58:51 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Stalin cured obesity in the Ukraine...


10 posted on 06/21/2012 8:59:49 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1248 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: SeekAndFind
Lets institute a 150% tax against politicians for the way they blew the budget and spent us into a $100T hole. Those fat heads need to be deflated.
11 posted on 06/21/2012 9:02:34 AM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I know a woman in her late 50’s who drinks Coca Cola all day long...from morning till night. She has done this for decades. She’s huge!

Years ago I suggested she switch to diet soda, but she said she doesn’t like the taste. When she tells me she had her annual doctor’s check up, she says the doctor always gives her a clean bill of health.

I wonder.


12 posted on 06/21/2012 9:03:02 AM PDT by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t understand this soda issue. We never had it in our home and I was told never to drink it. When I did try it once, it tasted awful and the carbonation was unpleasant in my mouth. The smell of coke/pepsi is repugnant to me. So I ask, why do people give their children soda?


13 posted on 06/21/2012 9:05:36 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: SeekAndFind

As I stated earlier on the original Nanny Bloomberg decision, this was all about new taxes, not about health issues.

Once again if a person buys the larger soda 32 oz for $1.60 with a 8% sales tax that equals 13 cents in tax revenue. Now that person has to buy 2-16 oz for $1.30 each at 8% tax that equals 21 cents. The gubmint just generated 8 cents more “revenue” on the same volume of product sold...


14 posted on 06/21/2012 9:06:30 AM PDT by shotgun
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To: SeekAndFind

“obesity crisis”

Crisis? Ya...whatever, pinheads.


15 posted on 06/21/2012 9:09:38 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh, soda tax, huh?

In the vast majority of cases, eye-popping tobacco judgements never went to people “tricked” into smoking. In California’s case most of that loot went to repairing sidewalks, i.e. union folks who set up cones and do very little.

This is just a way of raising tax without, “raising tax”.

Gov’t want to have the cake and eat it, too.

Don’t want to suffer the ill-effects of HFCS? Then simply don’t drink it.


16 posted on 06/21/2012 9:18:45 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: SeekAndFind

If they tax all drinks with added sugar many will be surprised to find some of their “healthy” drinks taxed- not just soda. Hubby and I have a hard time finding things to drink when we are traveling that don’t have sugar, we are happy to find a drink with a smaller amount than soda. We can’t stand artificial sweeteners so the diet drinks don’t appeal to us. As far as sugar free we drink a lot of water but always looking for something else. We both like tea but at most convenience stores and restaurants the regular iced tea is gross.


17 posted on 06/21/2012 9:20:48 AM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: SeekAndFind

The AMA is a commie organization. I know a lot of physicians and. Of one of them belongs to th AMA.


18 posted on 06/21/2012 9:24:50 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SeekAndFind; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Eric Blair 2084

Hey, why not. I drink soda that much, so it doesn’t bother me in the least, and besides they tax my beer and tobacco out the yazoo and those taxes are mostly pushed by those who don’t indulge.

I don’t have a problem with this at all...........do I really need a sarcasm tag?

NANNY STATE PING!!!!!!!!!!!!


19 posted on 06/21/2012 9:47:17 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Doctors lobbying for more money for themselves. They aren’t against taxes, just suggesting that they get the money.

No surprise here.


20 posted on 06/21/2012 10:03:41 AM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: SeekAndFind

As a doc, as usual, I’m appalled at the AMA’s policy. I do not know any docs that are memebers of the AMA. They represent only 10% of docs (I also believe they count doctors in training, where they automatically give you a free membership). I am ashamed, but not surprised, that they would come out with something like this.


21 posted on 06/21/2012 10:09:44 AM PDT by KingOfVagabonds
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