On November 8th those of you who reside in Oakland, San Francisco, and Albany, as well as other U.S. cities (Boulder, Chicago, and Baltimore), will have the unique opportunity to help repair the world by voting yes on the proposed sugary soda tax. This one-cent tax aims to help reduce childhood obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.
The obesity rate in children has risen to a staggering 18% (up from 7% in 1980), according to the Centers for Disease Control, and is climbing. Furthermore, one out of every three children is on the road to developing Type 2 Diabetes, formerly an adult disease. It is now predicted that for the first time, the next generation will not exceed our lifespan.
Sugar is directly linked to increased risk of these two diseases, which are two of the major risk factors for heart disease. Soda and other sugary drinks are the number one source of added sugar in the American diet. [Read more…]