August 14, 2009
Washington Post on Taxing Sugar Drinks
Last April Kelly D. Brownell (Yale Psychology) and Thomas R. Frieden (CDC) published a perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine: Ounces of Prevention -- The Public Policy Case for Taxes on Sugared Beverages. This week the Washington Post picked up the topic again:
The solution to America's ballooning obesity epidemic lies not in weight-loss counseling or programs to make people more physically active, Kelly Brownell has come to believe. To effect real change, he argues, we need to shift the economic balance between healthful and unhealthful foods, to curtail the all-pervasive marketing of junk food -- and to tax soda.
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