Soda Tax Essay

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The Government if proposing a new tax on soda to not only help find a way to pay off the huge deficit we are in now, but also to take the first step towards promoting americans to be healthier and eventually putting an end to obesity. In addition to the current economic problems, obesity is one of culprits responsible for “the skyrocketing health care costs” (Weiss 1). Americans don’t seem to realize that one soda is full of hidden sugar, which can, in large proportions, lead obesity. Some stores even carry 33.8 fluid ounce bottles of soda. “If you do the math, it works out to be 28 teaspoons of sugar in that one bottle” states Harold Goldstein, executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. I believe that my political cartoon does an excellent job at describing the average Americans point of view on the matter; unwilling to try something that could help everyone. Goldstein has figured that Americans drink an average of 50 gallons of soda each year and that it should be taxed so that the beverage industry is forced to pay its fair share for the obesity epidemic that it has taken such a backseat role in. Goldstein also took place in a study that was performed at UCLA that showed, regardless income or ethnicity, adults who drink one or more sodas a day are a shocking 27% more likely to be overweight or even obese compared to someone who makes other beverage choices like Satnam Cheema, a clerk at a grocery store in California. He states that he simply” [doesn’t drink soda, [but instead] drinks water” and that he has never even had the desire to try one before (Weiss 1). When I asked Congressman of the 32nd Pete Sessions what his opinion on the issue was he stated that while he loves his daily Coke, “placing a tax on soda could lead to something very positive in our nation, but since it is still just an idea, I haven’t made my choice on the

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