A New Sin Tax on Junk Food and Obesity

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Taxes on alcohol, tobacco and gambling raise government revenue from human weakness. Now, a California legislator wants to treat two unrelated problems with a single solution. State Senator Deborah Ortiz has proposed a tax on soda that would help solve the schools' huge budget shortfall and fight the growing problem of child obesity. The Senator explains her plan to fund nutrition and physical education programs, an advocate that fights discrimination against fat people protests the tax as bad precedent, and a clinical researcher correlates obesity, body weight and dietary patterns.
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Laidlaw Transit

Los Angeles Times

LA Unified School District

Teamsters Local 572

California Senate Committee on Health and Human Services

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International Size Acceptance Association

UCLA's Clinical Research Unit on Nutrition and Obesity

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