Taxing Sugary Beverages Makes Sense for Our Health

This video explains why sugar-sweetened beverages are bad for your health and how such beverages have become a big part of our lives. We also explain how sugary-beverage taxes work, where they are successful, and how they help.

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Taxing Sugary Beverages Makes Sense for Our Health

Taxing Sugary Beverages Makes Sense for Our Health

This video explains why sugar-sweetened beverages are bad for your health and how such beverages have become a big part of our lives. We also explain how sugary-beverage taxes work, where they are successful, and how they help.

 

What's the Story Behind Soda Taxes?

WHAT'S THE STORY BEHIND SODA TAXES? | Extra Credit with Kelly D. Brownell

Do soda taxes actually work? They actually do in a lot of places already-- just like tobacco taxes! Kelly Brownell of Duke University's World Food Policy Center at the Sanford School of Public Policy explains.

 

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Neena Prasad on the Benefits of Soda Taxes

Imagine you've come to work for a major foundation and were asked to create a program on obesity prevention. With the vast array of possible things one might do, how in the world would you choose what might have the most impact, and what would be the most cost effective? This was the task of our guest Dr Neena Prasad, who joined Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2008.

 

Juan Rivera on the Success of Mexico's Soda Tax

For people around the world who believe that taxing sugared beverages is a good public health policy, the country of Mexico passing such a tax was a stunning victory. There was a significant need in Mexico to be sure, given high rates of obesity, especially in children, and very high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. But there was also a powerful beverage industry fighting the taxes. A fascinating story unfolded as the tax was being considered with a number of courageous and creative individuals at the center. One key figure is today's guest, Dr. Juan Rivera.

 

Chile's Health Success: warning labels, soda taxes and marketing limits

So what happens when a country gets really serious...REALLY serious about tackling diet, nutrition, and chronic disease? Is there a country in the world that stands out for taking the most imaginative and strongest action? The answer is yes, and a person who knows a lot about this is our guest Barry Popkin.

 

Barry Popkin on the International Success of Soda Taxes

Taxes on sugar sweetened beverages now exist in a number of cities in the United States, including Philadelphia, Oakland, and San Francisco, and in more than 40 countries around the world. These have been made possible by dedicated, passionate and talented people working on the science supporting the use of such taxes. They evaluated the impact of these taxes and have worked with governments to decide how taxes might be structured and implemented. And there is no person who does all these things better and does so in every corner of the world than Barry Popkin.

 

Jim Krieger on the Making of a Soda Tax

Let's say that you are a public health advocate and would like to see a tax on sugar sweetened beverages established in your community. What steps would you take? What coalitions do you think you'd need to build. And how would you go about the extraordinary work of gathering support from both the public and political figures? Few people are in a position to tell the story in such a compelling way as today's guest Dr. James Krieger, who joins us from Seattle--one of the many places in the world that now has such taxes.

 

Thomas Farley: The Real Returns on a Soda Tax in Philadelphia

Today's guest has had a fascinating career and has made significant contributions to public health in Louisiana, New York, and in Pennsylvania. He says he learned the true value of public health investigating syphilis and legionnaire's disease outbreaks while working for the Center for Disease Control's epidemic intelligence service. He's worked on the front lines to prevent and control infectious diseases such as HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, and his research on obesity led him to see the obesity epidemic in our country as an outcome of an unhealthy environment. Dr Thomas Farley is the health commissioner for the City of Philadelphia and he led work to pass a tax on sugar sweetened beverages, seen widely as a significant success in health policy.

 

Jennifer Pomeranz on Food, and Industry Tactics Driving Preemption

In the past several years, cities in California led the way in passing taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. Berkeley was first with Oakland, San Francisco and Albany, California following, each with the aim of improving public health by decreasing consumption of beverages known to be associated with obesity, diabetes, and other medical issues, and to raise revenue for needed programs. But then something historic happened: preemption. A leading expert on the application of the law on public health and on the issue of preemption is Jennifer Pomeranz.

 

Hunt Allcott on the Optimum Soda Tax