As U.S. lawmakers continue to tackle healthcare reform, the debate is raging on whether or not to tax soda and junk food.
According to a recent Reuters report, the U. S. obesity epidemic has become a public health crisis. Overweight adolescents are starting to suffer problems, such as early heart diseases and type 2 diabetes - health problems that used to plague middle-aged adults.
To combat the obesity problem, unhealthy foods could be taxed to. Propponents of the taxes suggest tax revenue could help offset the estimated $147 billion cost of treating obesity-related diseases.
The article reports that a tax of 3 cents on every 12-ounce can of soda would raise $50 billion over 10 years. And, a 10 percent increase in sugar-sweetened beverage prices could cut consumption by 8 percent to 10 percent.
Opponents of the taxes argue that taxes never made anyone healthy. Education, exercise and balanced diets do.
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