Another discussion amongst those in my Nutrition class was concerning whether or not our government should place a “fat tax” on sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda.

Many agree to disagree, however I feel that this tax would be treated no differently than the taxes put on cigarettes. It has been known for years that cigarettes are unrewarding to our health, yet they are still sold to a number of consumers despite the increase in price. Now researchers are stating that the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages are impacting the prevalence of obesity, hence the reasoning for the “fat tax”. Well in my opinion sugar filled beverages are not the only cause of obesity. There are many fit individuals who consume soda and other sweetened beverages. The rise in obesity is plainly due to the overall increase in calorie consumption and the decrease in energy output (physical activity).

If the government wants to decrease the prevalence of obesity then they should start pushing for healthier foods within schools and eliminating soda from vending machines. They could also reach out to the parents and educate to them on how important exercise and healthy eating is on their children’s growth and development.

Next time you purchase a soda, ask yourself, how much would you pay to get that boost of dopamine.

Until next time!