The General Assembly’s Committee on Children voted on a bill that would place a 1 cent per ounce excise tax on sugary drinks and use the dollars raised to fund childhood obesity prevention initiatives.
Sugary drinks are staples of today’s American diet. These beverages are inexpensive, abundant, high in calories, and deliver little or no nutrition. They are heavily marketed, especially to children.
More than any other food category, scientific studies have shown that consumption of sugary drinks contributes to poor diet, and risk for obesity, diabetes and a number of other serious health problems.
A sugary drink excise tax coupled with childhood obesity prevention funding are critical strategies that could reduce childhood obesity rates and improve the health of not only children, but the health of Connecticut’s residents who are overweight or obese.