17 Jun '12, 3pm

Soda, obesity and your tax dollars at work. Sugary soft drinks should not be part of a nutrition program.

Soda, obesity and your tax dollars at work. Sugary soft drinks should not be part of a nutrition program.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the obesity epidemic, especially after hearing New York’s health commissioner, Thomas Farley, talk about the human suffering of people with obesity in the city. The causes of obesity are complex–soda is just a part of the story–but the fact is that the costs of heath care in America are and always will be shared by all of us , under any system other than one leaving poor, sick people to die in the street. In that light, the government has not just the right to make decisions about what foods will be subsidized with taxpayer dollars, and which won’t, but the obligation. This won’t be easy–are candy, potato chips and ice cream next?–but it’s part of creating an environment that makes it easier for people to practice good health habits. This would include regular phys ed in schools, more walkable neighborhoods, bike lanes, etc. It would a...

Full article: http://www.marcgunther.com/2012/06/17/soda-obesity-and-yo...

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