Do We Need To Tax Sugary Drinks?
American children consume more than 30 gallons of sports drinks, soda and fruit juice a year according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association.
"These sweetened drinks pose real -- and preventable -- risks to our children's health, including tooth decay, diabetes, obesity and heart disease," pediatrician Natalie Muth said in a joint statement issued by both groups.
Because of parent's either ignorance or the inability to control their child's diet The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that we need broad public policy solutions to reduce children's access to cheap sugary drinks and recommends taxes on these drinks.
So the decision to limit the consumption of such drinks has been made for us and basically taken out our hands, with the result being that everyone should have to pay more to buy these drinks.
Basically we have just been taken out of the equation all together and a decision is being made for us, l that again affects all of us NOT just our children.