Time to tax sugary drinks

There are wide gaps by race in health, as well as health care. Too little attention is paid to prevention, as opposed to treatment. The U.S. has dropped to the near-bottom of the OECD ranking on the key aggregate metric of age-standardized death rate. Food and nutrition policies contribute significantly to large racial health disparities in the United States. The whole food system of the U.S., from crop to store, is broken: compromised by special interests, out of line with research, and exacerbated by inequality, by race as well as class. Policy solutions include the provision of free, nutritious school meals, great investments in nutrition research, and a national tax on sugary drinks, using all proceeds for public health in underserved communities.

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