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Taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize sugary sodas

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

How much sugary soda pop is purchased with food stamps? Good luck trying to find out.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture — the federal agency that administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps — doesn’t give out that information. Estimates range from $2 billion a year (a 2010 Yale University study) to $4 billion (a 2010 Center for Science in the Public Interest).

If even the lower estimate is true, it’s no wonder that soft drink makers spend millions of dollars each year lobbying against efforts to

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Put down that sugary drink – or put on the pounds

Studies have linked sugary drinks to obesity. (The Associated Press)

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

The nation’s obesity rate has nearly tripled in the last 40 years, and scientists say new research has solidly pinpointed the No. 1 culprit.

It’s all those liquid sugar bombs Americans have been consuming – soda pop, sports drinks, juices, blended coffees and other sweetened drinks – most of which have little or no nutritional value.

During the last four decades, we’ve doubled our caloric intake of beverages sweetened with sugar and high-fructose corn syrup – but we haven’t been cutting back calories at mealtime. If anything, we’ve been supersizing our meals.

That net caloric gain is why more than a third of American adults are considered obese. And it’s why you can put school photos of today’s kids next to ones from 40 years ago and see a glaring difference in the number of overweight children. Doctors are seeing such an alarming increase in the number of young people with Type 2 diabetes – a condition directly linked to weight – that it can hardly be called adult-onset diabetes anymore. Read more »