The government should tax on soda pops to stop obesity because it can help prevent obesity epidemic, it can generate needed tax in come to help them pay health care expenses and sugary calories, are a major culprit in rising obesity rates .
Scientists at the University of California, and Columbia University have analyzed the effect of a nationwide tax on these sugary drinks. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo an professor of medicine estimate a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages would prevent nearly 100,000 heart disease, 8,000 strokes, and 26,000 deaths over the next decade (Jonson).This shows that taxing on sugary beverages can help prevent obesity and prevention of heart disease and death. Such tax can reduce the consumption of this sugary beverage,but it also would curve the obesity epidemic. According to the study by the U.S Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, a 20 percent increase in the price of high-calorie, sweetened beverages, such as soda and sports drinks, may result the decrease in obesity epidemic. New york City health commissioner Dr.Tomas Frieden, co-authored an article advocating a tax on “sugared beverages”. A tax can help slash obesity rates. Adding tax on drinks may help slow down the rates of obesity because in 2009 13.8 billion number of gallons were consumed in 2009, 45 gallons were consumed annually per person. High taxes can reduce the number of sugary drinks and consumed per person as well as obesity epidemic.
New York health commissioner, Thomas Farley, and Joseph W. Thompson estimates that a tax of penny an ounce on sugary beverages would raise 14.9 billion in its first year(Nueman). It could spend on health care initiatives. The taxes apply on soft drinks, energy drinks, sports beverages and many juices. Michael Jacobson said "I think we should be satisfied that soda...