The evidence that demonstrates the correlation between sugar sweetened beverages consumption and increase in rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease is overwhelming.

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Research Data Supporting Regulation of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Additional Research Findings

  • As of 2010, nearly a third (31.7%) of children and adolescents in San Francisco were either obese or overweight. (UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and California Center for Public Health Advocacy.)
  • Sugary beverages constitute, on average, 11% of daily caloric intake by children in the U.S. Nearly half of caloric intake from sugar in the U.S. is from sugary beverages. (Columbia Mailman School of Public Health Study)
  • Every additional sugary beverage consumed daily increases a child's risk for obesity by 60%, and one or two sugary beverages per day increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 26%. (American Diabetes Association)
  • 1 in 3 children born today will develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime, if sugary beverage consumption does not decline. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Carbonated soft drinks are the single biggest source of calories in the American diet. A 12 ounce can of soda contains around 10 teaspoons of sugar, which is higher than the American Heart Association’s daily recommendation for men (no more than 9 teaspoons) and women (no more than 6 teaspoons.). (American Heart Association)
  • The idea of a sugary beverage tax has been endorsed by many organizations, for example, the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Trust for Public Land, Hospital Council of Northern California, the San Francisco Medical Society and California Center for Public Health Advocacy.

Physicians Support SF Soda Tax

SFMMS Hails Landmark Soda Tax Legislation to Fund Physician Education, Health, and Nutrition Programs

The San Francisco Marin Medical Society and the California Medical Association supports the idea of taxing sugar sweetened beverages. Policy 721a-09 adopted on 10/19/2009 CMA House of Delegates states:

  • That physicians should educate their patients about the health risks associated with the consumption of food and beverages containing high amounts of processed simple sugars or refined sugars such as high fructose corn syrup
  • That CMA support increased taxes on sodas and other relevant sugar sweetened beverages, with the revenues to be utilized for public health education efforts such as those conducted by the CMA Foundation and for other health purposes
  • That CMA encourage public health education campaigns on obesity prevention and treatment

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