Some states have considered passing a "sweet tax"—a tax on sweetened drinks including soda, sports drinks, and those trendy drinks that advertise to be chock-full of vitamins, but are really filled with sugar.

The reason for the tax (beside making the states money, of course) is to prevent obesity: People will lose weight by choosing healthy options like water or unsweetened drinks over more expensive sugary beverages. After all, studies show that soda drinkers who gave up soda lost up to 20 pounds in one year.

But can a sweet tax really prevent obesity?

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Should there be a sweet tax on sweetened drinks?

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