Soda tax is proposed, but it works?

The American public is obese rocket and many health experts see and agree that load sugar drinks have, like lemonade, a crucial factor in this situation. To this alarming state, issued a controversial proposal to tax various state and government resources in the areas of nutrition and economics.

Between 1998 and 2006, obesity has risen 37%, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs. This has led to a 89% increase in spending to combat diseases associated with unhealthy weight.

The rising rate of obesity has clearly become a burden on the national health system, and studies have repeatedly demonstrated a significant correlation between sugar and weight gain. Whereas sugar itself is not technically fat, it is in the metabolism of the human body as such, if not burned through exercise or other vigorous activity.

When sugar is not enough, got a bad reputation, the> American Heart Association has recently come with a recommendation for Americans to drastically cut back on the amount of daily sugar.

According to the report of the association, too much sugar causes diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and stroke. A possible link between obesity has also created, which is supported by the consumption of sugar, and some forms of cancer.

Are to tackle this national problem, nutrition and economic expertsproposes the introduction of a federal tax on sugary drinks, are an important source of sugar for the average American. The number most often is raised in the discussions on this topic around, "one cent per ounce."

The theory behind this proposal is the additional cost will help to discourage consumers from the selection of drinks that are high in sugar. During the period of the current recession, many Americans are increasingly price conscious and perhaps would be the taxHelp.

Kelly Brownell, director of Yale University's Rudd Center for Food and Obesity, estimated 15 billion U.S. dollars could be generated by one cent per ounce tax. This number does not decrease in the amount of sugary drinks by the American public to be consumed.

In a statement, the American Beverage Association, however, maintains that "… the solution will work out are not placed by these investigators." The Association recognizes the fact that obesityis a serious public health problem, but they tend to place the burden on individual responsibility and shift away from that which they produce.

Parents and children, on-the-go, are also in the choice facing fast food while running from activity to activity. The food in restaurant chains such as a tendency to veer the salty side of the spectrum and it is quite unrealistic to expect not to want consumers to have a drink with their meals.

Fast-food chains realize thisand offer drinks flavored with sugar syrups which the company cheaply. These restaurants achieve high profit margins, while their customers are placed at greater risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension.

Critics claim that the increase in taxes on sugary drinks is not the amount by which the American public is consumed decrease. The fact can not be ignored, however, that even if it does not stop people drinking too much sugar, it is at least oneSource of additional revenue to help pay for needed health care through the problem.

Perhaps a federal tax will discourage consumers from drinking sugar-infused beverages. Maybe not. In the worst case, the tax is introduced, people continue to drink soda, and the government hauls in billions of dollars to help the costs of health care. Since this is an option that would in any case be examined further.


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