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Soda tax would have greatest effect on childhood obesity, US study finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5456 (Published 03 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5456
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

A penny-an-ounce tax on sweetened beverages would have a bigger effect on childhood obesity in the United States than would after-school physical activity programs or a ban on fast food advertising directed at children, a new study has claimed.

A tax would also be easier to implement than the other programs and would raise a substantial amount of revenue that could be used to fund other anti-obesity initiatives, the researchers wrote in a paper published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.1

Alyson H Kristensen, lead author and a senior research scientist at the Partnership for Prevention—a non-partisan organization in Washington, DC that advocates prevention and health promotion policies—cited evidence that childhood obesity in the US …

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