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A recent article reveals that sugary beverages are a hot topic in the news, especially when health issues like diabetes and health costs are at hand.
Cancer survivor and Connecticut democrat, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has proposed that the nation take a stand against the current health issues linked to sugary drinks-diabetes, obesity, chronic disease- by introducing a bill that would tax consumers one cent per teaspoon of sugar.
The American Beverage Association stated in the article that, “The soda tax is an old idea that has gotten no traction.” However, recent news articles from the Wall Street Journal reported soda sales have plummeted in the last few years, and consumers are taking notice of healthier alternatives. There has been plenty of conversation and traction taking place across the nation and the world on the sugary beverage topic.
Mexico and Canada both are in the news on this topic, hoping to reverse consumption of sugary drinks, as the rise of obesity and diabetes is of concern. Berkley, Calif. has successfully been the first to pass a tax on soda, and educational movement is happening at the city level across the nation with campaigns like Sugar-Packed in San Antonio, Texas and Rethink Your Drink in Minneapolis, Minn. Not to mention movement in various cities looking for healthier beverages like Dallas, San Francisco, and Baltimore.
Studies show that 74% of Latino kids have had a sugary drink by age 2. Discouraging consumption of sugary beverages through pricing disincentives may help Latino kids achieve a healthier start. Latinos are reported to already be at a higher risk for chronic disease, heart problems, strokes and diabetes, over-consumption of sugary beverages is one more concern towards increasing the risks of these health disparities.
To learn more about sugary beverages and how it impacts Latino kids’ health, click here.