Monday, March 06, 2006

A "fat tax" on sodas?

Cries about the health impact of sodas and other sweet beverages are growing louder:

In reports to be published in science journals this week, two groups of researchers hope to add evidence to the theory that soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks don't just go hand-in-hand with obesity, but actually cause it. Not that these drinks are the only cause—genetics, exercise and other factors are involved—but that they are one cause, perhaps the leading cause.

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"There are many different lines of evidence, just like smoking," said Dr. David Ludwig, a Harvard pediatrician who wants a "fat tax" on fast food and drinks.

—Mellow Monk


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