By Marisa Tilson 

Obesity has been a controversial topic for many years and it’s not something people want to admit. It’s almost become taboo.  To help bring the issue forward a recent bill has been proposed to try and decline the rising obesity rates in America. The bill is called the sugar tax. The sugar tax is the taxing of sodas using sugar and artificial sweeteners to help reduce overall sugar consumption.

I agree with the bill and think it’s an intelligent idea, sugar consumption is extremely high and it’s time we do something about it. Sodas have been proven to be 20% of our daily sugar intake. That averages out to be over 300 calories of the recommended 2,000, which is a lot if you think about it. Another way to put it into perspective is that one 12oz can of coke and a regular sized snickers bar both contain 140 calories from sugar. I think people need start thinking about what they’re buying and whether or not it’s really worth it.

A lot of soda companies use artificial sweeteners such as aspartame to create a diet soda that contain almost no calories. However the effect that artificial sweeteners contain is actually far worse than soda itself. Your body cannot properly process the chemicals in sweeteners and causes you to create more body fat. This pretty much defeats the purpose of drinking a diet soda. There has been talk that artificial sweeteners cause neurological or psychiatric side effects as well as cancer but as to this day it’s still not known for sure.  

The reason we’re not talking about taxing things such as chocolate or cake is because most people don’t eat those on a regular basis.  People consider them to be more of a treat whereas those who drink soda drink it on a daily basis, multiple times a day.

Sugar is highly addictive and can have the same effects on your brain as drug use. There is no need for added sugars in your diet. You should consume no more than 100 calories worth in a day. Fruits have natural sugars that are good for you, however processed foods and drinks that contain chemicals can take a toll on your body and have harsh effects on you overall health that can affect you later in life. You can develop problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer. No drink is worth your life.