New Report: Tax junk foods and soft drinks to fight childhood obesity


The fight against childhood obesity seems to be gaining momentum lately. Last month, HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, talked about making it a priority to reverse the trend at The Weight of the Nation conference. This week, a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council recommends steps local governments can take to cut the rates of childhood obesity. Putting a tax on soft drinks and junk food is high on the list.Taxing high sugar drinks has come up before. Do you think it’s a good solution? Would it keep you from buying soft drinks and junk food?

The reports says its suggestions are meant to make it easier for families to make healthier choices. Some of its other recommendations to fight childhood obesity include:

  • Use zoning restrictions on fast-food restaurants near schools and playgrounds
  • Require publicly run after-school programs to limit video game and TV time
  • Build sidewalks that connect to schools, parks, and other destinations

How bad is childhood obesity? Check out the latest stats:


You can see more from the report here.

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