Should Government Tax Sugary Drinks?

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Nicholas Latief J.Thomas English 118 10/16/2012 Should Government Tax Sugary Drinks? Over the past few years, overweight and obesity have been the most troublesome problem in the united states and more than one-third of U.S. adults (around 35.7%) are obese according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which could lead to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some type of cancer. There are many things that could cause obesity but one of the main cause is sugary drinks. Sugary drinks contain chemical substance that could make addiction to the consumer. Sugar should be regulated in the same way as alcohol and tobacco because its increasing use in processed foods and sugary drinks poses a significant danger to public health, causing…show more content…
Why drink sugary drinks that contain dangerous chemical substance and cause obesity while water which is very health and free? People will think twice before purchasing sugary drink such as sodas if the price has risen. Beside reducing the rate of obesity, money gained for sugary drinks tax would bring some cash to the country and could be used to create physical public facility such as gymnasium, sport field (basketball court, football court), and many other else. This is a win-win solution besides reducing the rate of obesity, public facility is created. Furthermore, taxing on sugary drink have another advantage. By increasing the price of sugary drinks, wide variaties of food are available. Most of the problem for today is that the price of healthy food is too expensive compared to junk food and sugary drinks. Price of one small bottle of fresh juice can be as expensive as the price of one large bottle of sodas so people would prefer to buy sodas rather than healthy and fresh juice. By increasing the price of sodas, people could think twice wether they want to buy sodas which is unhealthy or juice which is good for health. They can decide by their own choice. My mom, a pediatric endocrinologist who has seen childhood obesity soar in his clinic over the past thirty years, has long referred to sugary drinks as “empty calories.” She’s right. Soda and other sweetened beverages are luxury items that offer no nutritional benefit to the

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