Beverage Battles


Are you a soda-holic? You may be surprised to find that some communities are considering taxing sodas, sugary beverages and sports and energy drinks in an effort to combat obesity – one Big Gulp at a time. And in New York it would have to be a Little Gulp.

As obesity rates among Americans climb, this type of “sin tax,” like those on alcohol and cigarettes, is one way lawmakers are trying to discourage people from buying unhealthy drinks. According to studies by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20% of the population in most states is obese. In fact, in 2008, only Colorado could claim that less than 20% of of people were overweight, with a BMI over 30.

Will taxing these drinks decrease consumption? Would you drink less soda just because it’s more expensive? Vote in the poll and tell us what you think in the comments – or upload a video!


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