February 7, 2010

Soft Drink-Obesity Connection

1 Penny an Ounce Soda Tax Flames Out

Broad-based lobbying efforts by the soft drink industry are blamed for Congress's abandonment of a soft drink tax to help finance health care reform. Yale University analysts had estimated that a 1 cent per ounce tax on soft drinks would have reduced consumption by 23 percent. UCLA researchers had estimated that adult soda drinkers are 27 percent more likely to be overweight or obese than non-soda drinkers. Among the groups who opposed the tax were soft drink makers, fast food chains, and a number of Latino groups, including the National Hispanic Medical Association, which had received financial support from the beverage industry. In addition to its lobbying efforts the beverage industry has been sponsoring scientific research that tends to dispute the obesity-soft drink connection.

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