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Taxing Sodas Won't Spur Much Weight Loss, Study Says
Date:12/13/2010

e obesity if it's funneled toward weight-control programs and not other government initiatives, Cook said.

"The other side of the taxing coin is what we do with the money," Cook said. "We need to take the revenue and use it for interventional programs instead of it being used as a money grab. I think it's good when it's properly done and the money is used for those strategies."

Cook added that future measures could include taxing foods with added sugars as well as lowering the prices of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and skim milk.

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For more on obesity, go to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Eric Finkelstein, Ph.D., associate professor, health services, Duke-National University of Singapore (NUS) Graduate Medical School; Stephen Cook, M.D., assistant professor, pediatrics, and assistant professor, Center for Community Health, Golisano Childrens Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center; Dec. 13/27, 2010 Archives of Internal Medicine.


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