Could a tax on sugary drinks help curb the obesity epidemic? Fit For Life, a grass roots organization started by Richmond, California City Councilman Jeff Ritterman thinks so. In November, Richmond’s residents will vote on a measure that calls for a one-cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. Tax proceeds will go towards projects designed to prevent and treat childhood obesity.
Health advocates have been talking about the negative impact of junk foods on the health of Americans for a long time. The Centers for Disease Control predicts that the next generation will have a shorter lifespan than their parents based on their predisposition to diabetes, heart disease and obesity. How can we encourage a healthier lifestyle and discourage a processed food diet that will reverse this trend?