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You say soda, I say pop

April 1, 2010 - Frank Robinson

Here is a news flash: taxing soda -- I call it pop -- doesn't keep kids from getting fat.

Yes, that's right. Someone actually did a study to determine that little gem of information.

Here's the twist. The study says a higher tax might get kids to reduce consumption.

The study by Rand Corp. in Santa Monica, Calif., according to the Associated Press, was released today.

Here is what the study said, paraphrasing the AP story:
"... Colleagues used information from a 2004 national survey of about 7,300 fifth-graders. The researchers looked at how the childrenás height and weight had changed over the previous two years and how often the kids said they drank soda and sports drinks. The researchers also reviewed taxes on carbonated drinks that were in effect in 2004. Roughly two-thirds of the children lived in states that had a tax on soda greater than on other food items. The highest was 7 cents tax on each dollarás worth of soda. The average was about 4 cents."


Here is my question. Shouldn't this be a parenting issue? Does it really take a "study" to determine this? And why not just switch to diet soda?



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