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Proposed Soda Taxes and Fast Food Bans Trying to Boost Healthy Habits

submitted on November 16, 2010 by lootango in "Member's Lounge"
Local governments are coming up with numerous programs and laws to improve public health, such as banning toys sold with children's meals that don't meet certain nutritional standards, forbiding using food stamps for sodas, and listing calories on menus.

These policies—and others like them throughout the country—are imposed with the best of intentions: designed to improve wellness, reduce health-care premiums, and help citizens lose weight and eat healthfully. But do they work? The answer, for now at least, is “who knows?” The truth is, while government agencies—as well as businesses and private institutions—are all looking for ways to battle the obesity crisis, no one has yet figured out successful interventions that both improve health and save money.

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    Posted by pablos17 on November 16, 2010
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    One thing we all need to concentrate on is better lunches/snacks at the schools our children attend. Maybe they should focus their attention to that area instead of taxing individuals under the guise that it will promote wellness.
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    Posted by YanBz on November 16, 2010
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    Economists say that taxing fast food is one of the few things that can in-fact help improve dietary habits. What the government should do with that money is an entirely different question

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