Soda Tax Angers Moms


soda taxHealth officials have once again raised the suggestion of a tax on soda and sugared drinks to thwart obesity.

This issue comes up every few months, each time a bunch of doctors get together and decide this is a pretty good idea, hoping that maybe by now everyone will have forgotten how much they hated it the last time.

This proposal isn't in the health care reform bill yet, but I'm guessing that those doctors have timed their recommendation in hopes of getting it in.

Here's my feeling on the matter -- disagree if you will.

Aside from the fact that this just won't get people to stop drinking soda, soda should not be compared to cigarettes. Unless you are a tobacco company, and even then, you probably can't disagree that cigarettes are really bad for you. Really, to me that's like arguing that the sky isn't blue.

Tobacco is directly and singularly linked to higher rates of death and disease, while soda is only a contributor to obesity.

Why penalize the people who want to treat themselves to a mug of root beer once in a while? It's all about moderation. BTW this burger joint down the street from me makes the best darn homemade root beer you ever tasted, and I'd gladly pay twice what they charge to have it as a treat once in a while.

Another CafeMom suggested that the solution to obesity is not taxing sweets but dangling incentives for people to make healthier lifestyle choices in general.

"If someone is not healthy and chooses to be fat and unhealthy that is their choice. Should they pay the same for health insurance as someone like me who does eat right, drinks water, exercises and stays fit? No way. I should get a break on what I pay since someone like me is not a burden on the health care system. We should pay less. I go to the doctor once a year for a physical same goes with my husband and children. One of my kids has never been sick and she is 16 years old. My other kids have had three colds between them. Seems we are doing our part to keep costs low and we should see a break. If someone wants to be fat and unhealthy, they are choosing to pay more for insurance."

Cigarettes aside, what lifestyle choice does the government have a right to tax?

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Angie... Angiebooboo

NO!!!! tax on soda, soda is not why people are fat , sure if you eat or drink to much of anything , its not good, if you eat fruit all the time and all day long , you can gain weight, fruit is loaded with lots of natural sugars . people are forced to eat many fattening things everyday , like breads and pasta,s or greesy foods because thats all they can afford . so i think the goverment should look at the real reason why people are fat . not stick it to soda,s . they are just looking for what they think they can make more money on.

MizzN... MizzNicole

@angiebooboo- people are not forved to eat fattening things everyday. No one makes you or me eat bread or pasta. You can get a hamburger and not eat the bun. People eat that stuff because they want to, no one forces it down their throats. Yes healthier food may be a little more expensive, but thats the price we have to pay if we want to eat weel. If you dont want to purchase healthy food, you can eat a smaller portion of the foods you say we are forced to eat.

Lets be real-most people are fat because they want the conveinence of the greasy food and choose not to eat healthier. Let me know the next time someone makes you eat a burger and fried at McDonalds instead of a salad.

ethan... ethans_momma06

Well unless they plan on taxing Pork, Butter, Candy, Pizza, Hot Dogs, then HECK NO theres no way a sugar tax should be put in place!

True Tigress...if you read anything about history, its all about supply and wold be intresting to see if people became bootleggers for soda, and it could happen. Or people could still continue to make sweet tea and lemonade at home WITH out the tax... possibly not as bad as soda, but I guess that just depends on what you put in it.


I only drink one can a day and about 80% of the time its diet coke so wouldnt it be wrong to punish me for others bad decitions.

kayla... kaylajean86

yea tax it more if you can....make our kid less FAT!

my children will NEVER have soda unless they get a job buy it with their money and just decide they want to try it

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