Back in August I told you about the push by some for a junk food tax, which would primarily tax sugary beverages, such as soda and sports drinks. Like most hot topics, the proposed tax has stirred a lot of debate in the nutrition community. For an article in Today’s Dietitian, I was interviewed about my opinion regarding the tax. The article, Proposed Beverage Tax Stirs Mixed Reactions, contains various opinions from dietitians. Below is the excerpt in which I am quoted:
Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RD, CDN, who has a private practice in New York City, says part of the problem with taxing sugary drinks — or any food for that matter — is that the move does not educate people on making healthy lifestyle changes. “So maybe someone won’t buy a soda because of the cost increase, but instead they’ll get extra-large fries or an ice cream sundae,” she says. “Without teaching behavior modification, we are actually doing a disservice to people.”
You can find the link to this article and more on my Media page.
What do you think about the proposed tax?