Op-Ed by Michel Kelly-Gagnon, QMI Agency, August 15, 2012
Obesity is a real problem. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 25% of Canadian adults are obese, along with nearly 10% of teenagers aged 12 to 17. Reduced life expectancy and increased risk of various diseases such as diabetes and heart disease are the price of putting on the pounds.
But then the question becomes: What should be done about this?
One popular answer trotted out lately is to tax soft drinks. France and Hungary have both gone down this road, and the California town of Richmond has recently proposed doing the same. New York City has taken it a step further and proposed an outright ban on so-called super-sized sodas (larger than 16 ounces or 473 ml) in restaurants.