Doctors want the government to tax sugary drinks

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(WIAT) — A growing number of doctors want the government to tax sugary drinks to help stop childhood obesity. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association are asking lawmakers, at all levels, for new policies to help stop kids from drinking so much soda, sports drinks, and juice.

Many pediatricians say they are diagnosing type two diabetes, fatty liver disease, and high cholesterol in young patients. Not only do they want a tax, but they are asking for federal nutrition assistance programs, better labeling, and changes to children’s menus. 

To read more about the joint proposal for a sugary drink tax, click here.

To read the press release click here.

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