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  • Medical Students Propose Soda Tax to Fight Childhood Obesity

    A group of Vanderbilt University medical students has united in support of what they feel to be positive steps in Tennessee’s battle with childhood obesity. Members of the Vanderbilt AMSA chapter are campaigning for a bill sponsored by State Senator Beverly Marrero and Representative Mike Stewart, which would place a one-cent per ounce tax on bottled soft drinks containing sugar in exchange for a reduction in the retail sales tax on food by 1 percent.

    The students held a Lobby Day for their campaign at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 to advocate for this bill and stress the urgency of addressing childhood obesity. Their campaign, called Give Tennessee Kids a Chance, has received support from health care organizations across the state, such the as Tennessee Obesity Taskforce and the Greater Southeast Affiliate of the American Heart Association. The bill will be presented to the TN State House of Representatives for debate in the Finance Subcommittee on Wednesday morning, March 30, 2011.

    Given that the risk of becoming an obese adult increases by 60 percent with each sugary drink a child drinks per day, and that soft drinks are the single largest contributor to daily calorie intake ...

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