RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—There's been an all-out assault on soda and other high-calorie, sugary drinks lately, with the American Heart Association releasing its first sugar recommendations and largely blaming soda and other sugary drinks for the obesity crisis. The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council is taking things a step further, calling for a sugar tax on these belt-busting drinks. Sugar tax recommendations from nutrition, obesity, and economics experts are also due out next week.
"A tax will reduce energy intake for all age groups, and will produce reductions in weight and the risk of diabetes. Every scholar in the world knows this, except a few funded by the sugar industry," says Barry Popkin, PhD, author of The World Is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies, and Products That Are Fattening the Human Race, professor of nutrition and economics at University of North Carolina, and director of the UNC Interdisciplinary Obesity Center.