Friday, March 29, 2019

"No state has imposed a sugary drinks tax"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The average child consumes enough sugary drinks each year to fill a bathtub - more than 30 gallons - according to two organizations that this week recommended a suite of policy options aimed at reducing kids’ access to such beverages and encouraging healthier alternatives. 
Sounding an alarm bell over potential health impacts, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association issued a series of recommendations, including raising prices of sugary drinks through an excise tax, with revenues dedicated “in part toward reducing health and socioeconomic disparities.” 
The pediatricians group said the policy statement marks the first time it has recommended taxing sugary drinks. Other recommendations include efforts to decrease sugary drink marketing to children and teens and making healthier drinks like water and milk the default option on children’s menus and vending machines. 
“We’re probably on sugary drinks where we were 20 years ago on tobacco, where people are still not 100 percent convinced that there’s a problem,” Allyson Perron of the American Heart Association told the News Service. “More and more things are coming out - the high rates of young children with diabetes and heart disease and really unhealthy weights. We have kids that have high cholesterol when they’re in elementary school, we’re seeing an increase in cases of heart disease and stroke in the young, and part of that is the unhealthy diet.”

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