Soda taxes have become perennial proposals in some states and cities.  And while the trend in introductions of these taxes is on a sharp decline over the past few years, supporters of these taxes would have you believe that taxing sugar-sweetened beverages will make people healthier.

Since when do taxes improve health?  Diet and exercise do that!  There is real world evidence that proves that taxes don't work for making people healthy.  Just look at the only two states with longstanding soda taxes in place - Arkansas and West Virginia.  Both rank among the top five states with the highest rates of obesity in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We continue to stand with health professionals who believe - based on science and real world experience - that the only way to maintain a healthy weight is to balance calories consumed from all foods and beverages with those burned through physical activity and exercise.

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