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A Natural Experiment For Philadelphia’s Soda Tax

Via Political Calculations blog, The city of Philadelphia's controversial soda tax is providing a lot of material for serious scientists to evaluate the effects of arbitrarily imposing a tax on the distribution of a range of naturally and artificially-sweetened beverages. Since we're near the end of the tax's first year of being in effect, we […]


Obese Millennials Jeopardize America’s Future: Study

A new study from the New England Journal of Medicine indicates the current obesity epidemic trends in the United States are much worse than thought. The study was published on Wednesday and already has demographers, government officials, and scientist alarmed. The sobering report finds 57.3% of the nation’s children and teens will be obese by […]


America Is Smoking Less But Getting Fatter

On the day of peak gorging, we are reminded that America is facing a sustained obesity crisis. As Statista's Dyfed Loesche notes, many doctors are warning that the fat scourge is reaching epidemic proportions. Some experts believe that obesity is responsible for more ill health than smoking. Diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure are […]


Philly Admits Soda Tax Is Crushing Local Small Businesses, Expanding “Food Deserts”

 Just one week after Chicago shockingly repealed their soda ban following a revolt from local business owners (see: Soda Tax Fizzles In Chicago As Cook County Officials Cast Decisive 15-1 Repeal Vote), it seems that Philadelphia’s flirtations with forming a more perfect “nanny state” via the elimination of sugary drinks could be on a collision […]


CDC Says Americans Are Fatter Than Ever Before; 40% Of Adults Now Considered Obese

Despite the best efforts of our political elites to ban sodas, among other products deemed unhealthy by our growing nanny state, Americans just continue to grow ever fatter.  According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control, 40% of Americans are now obese, a new all-time record high, and over 70% are overweight.  […]


Soda Tax Fizzles In Chicago As Cook County Officials Cast Decisive 15-1 Repeal Vote

In a shocking move that completely upends Chicago’s endless pursuit of higher taxes and an overly-regulated nanny state, the Cook County Finance Committee took the unprecedented step of voting to actually repeal their unpopular ‘soda tax’ last night.  The 15-1 vote followed an outcry from local residents and small business retailers who say their soda […]


These Are America’s Fattest States

According to a new report, one third of U.S. adults are obese along with one in six children. The research was conducted by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and, as Statista's Nial McCarthy explains, it found that the adult obesity rate exceeded 35 percent in five states, 30 percent in 25 states […]


This Silent Public-Health Crisis Costs The US $150 Billion A Year

The opioid epidemic isn’t the only public-health crisis costing the economy hundreds of billions of dollars. According to the Trust for America’s Health’s annual “State of Obesity” report, nearly 40% of American adults are obese or overweight.  And collectively, they will add some $150 billion to the cost of health care, and billions more in […]


Grab A Beer Philadelphia, The Soda Is Too Damn Expensive

Via SovereignMan.com, What happened: Turns out when soda cost the same as beer, people choose to drink beer. That is what is happening in Philadelphia. The city’s 1.5 cent per ounce tax on soda has made beer a cheaper option. But that isn’t the only effect of the ill conceived plan to raise revenue. The tax didn’t […]