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Majority of voters back soda tax to fight obesity

April 20, 2010

A majority of Californians would support a “small” tax on sweetened soda as a way to fight obesity, according to a Field Poll survey sponsored by a public health advocacy group. The poll found that 56 percent would support such a tax, with 43 percent opposed.

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Senate Health Committee passes ban on sport drinks in schools

April 14, 2010

The Senate Health Committee has approved legislation that would ban the sale of sugar-sweetened sport drinks at California public schools during school hours.

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Modest soda taxes don’t affect consumption or weight gain

March 31, 2010

Modest additional sales taxes on sweetened soft drinks won’t do much to curb consumption or child obesity, according to a study released today. But higher special taxes on soda might have more impact.

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Kaiser study: extreme obesity among kids is on the rise

March 18, 2010

Extreme obesity is affecting more children than ever, according to a massive new study of children’s health records from Southern California. The study, published today in the Journal of Pediatrics, examined electronic health records for more than 700,000 children and teens ages 2 to 19 in the Kaiser Permanente Southern California health plan for 2007 and 2008.

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Governor proposes anti-obesity agenda

February 24, 2010

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed eight new measures to fight childhood obesity. Among other things, the governor wants to increase access to free water for school children, eliminate sports drinks from the public schools and increase physical activity in after-school programs.

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Florez proposes soda tax to fund obesity prevention programs

February 18, 2010

California Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez (D-Shafter) has introduced legislation to tax sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages to fund childhood obesity programs.

The bill would levy a penny tax for every teaspoon of added sugar in commercial beverages sold. Florez estimates that the excise tax on beverage distributors would raise $1.5 billion annually. The money would go to California cities and schools to pay for childhood obesity prevention programs.

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