Wednesday, September 2, 2009


What's next?

Just go ahead and tax us by our BMI index?

That would be a more direct tax, one directly linked to obesity rather than these foods can lead to obesity.

Do I get a credit offset because my wife is thin? Sort of a fat offset credit similar to carbon setoffs?

Battle lines drawn over soda, junk food taxes

By Lisa Baertlein - Analysis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Increasingly vocal calls for taxes on sugary drinks and junk food are fueling a behind- the-scenes battle that public health officials say is reminiscent of America's war on cigarettes.

The U.S. obesity epidemic has blossomed into a public health crisis and overweight adolescents are starting to suffer problems that used to plague middle-aged adults -- early heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

While restaurant operators and food and soda makers promote personal responsibility and moderation, backers of the taxes say levies on foods that quickly add extra pounds are a necessary part of any successful anti-obesity effort.

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