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April 1st, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Study: Soda tax isn't curbing obesity in kids

(CNN) – A new study says the soda tax isn't doing its job and the solution may be to make us pay even more for junk food.

Higher and higher taxes on cigarettes seemed to help curb smoking, so why isn't the soda tax working the same way? Our chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joined us on Thursday's American Morning to break it down.

Filed under: Health
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  1. Gelly Anderson

    Obesity and diabetes are becoming more and more of a problem these days. Actually it is easy to avoid being overweight by just having the proper diet and exercise.

    April 7, 2010 at 5:04 am |
  2. Howard

    Goo morning Sanjay
    The govt has to step in and order the food industry to limit the amount of ingredients that are the rocket fuel for the obesity epidemic, namely corn syrup. The FDA has the responsibility to remove dangerous products and
    to protect the consumers, and they must use that authority to place visible warning labels on these items to warn that consuming these products frequently, will lead to obesity. Taxes won't work, because the drinks aren't that expensive and how much can you levy on them. In NJ Acting governor Cody banned all sugary products from the public school system. We use the authority of government to protect us form everything else, so why not these dangerous to your health products.

    April 5, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  3. ronvandm

    ANOTHER JOKE! Those "kids" that want it will get it! How many times have you heard to "stop" eating or drinking a certain item and a year or two later it is then said to be OK? Meals at schools have been "mandated" by all those "goody two shoes" groups to the extent that they are, fat free, sugar free, salt free, AND tasteless FREE! And then the question about the tax itself. The vast majority of our states are having $$$ troubles. It is alot easier to pass a tax when you address it "to protect & help our children" rather than to just say we need money and have to tax things.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:29 am |
  4. Aaron Zalewski

    Everyone should drink healthy! Water is always the best choice.

    April 2, 2010 at 2:48 am |
  5. William

    Flawed Study–comparative analysis of 20oz soda to 12 oz can...then soda sugars to orange juice or any other juices sugars...what else is eaten with either

    April 1, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  6. Chris

    This issue is simple, just like many other childhood issues: PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE for their kids. My kids drink soda, but we limit it by not buying it on a regular basis. We are ACTIVE in our kids health, thus other parents need to watch their kids and be involved in their lives

    April 1, 2010 at 9:03 am |