Pediatricians, heart health advocates endorse soda taxes for the first time – Washington Examiner

For the first time, the nation’s leading pediatrics and heart health advocates have endorsed soda taxes. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association released a policy statement on Monday pushing for local, state, and federal governments to place limits on sugary beverages through advertising restrictions, warning labels, and limitations on what children can have to drink in restaurants. Many of the suggestions mirror laws passed to successfully reduce tobacco use, and the organizations said they are meant to reduce obesity and Type 2 diabetes. “This is kind of the low hanging fruit,” said Dr. Sheela Magge, co-author ...

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