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U.S. Panel Combats Obesity with Taxes on Sugary Foods

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Published on : Feb 20, 2015

In an effort to fight the surging level s of obesity in the U.S., consumers are now made to pay extra taxes on all sugary sodas and snacks. The move was made to encourage citizens to cut down on sweets. The U.S. panel is taking the help of scientists to revamp the country’s dietary guidelines.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee made the recommendations on Thursday and also asked Americans to cut down consumption of meat. They also added in a requirement to take sustainability into account during eating.

The Obama administration is currently seeking ways to fight the high prevalence of obesity which is affecting more than a third of the adults in the U.S. and more than 17 per cent of children. The statistics are provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Barbara Millen, the committee chairman for Westwood, Massachusetts’ Millennium Prevention said that they are trying to make a dent in the obesity epidemic by calling for the report and asking for innovation and bold actions in the healthcare industry.

The non-partisan panel of academics and scientists suggest changes that help create the school lunch menus. They also help add amendments to the US$6 billion per year foundation of Women, Infants and Children program. The foundation helps at least 8 million U.S. citizens in purchasing groceries from retail stores including Kroger Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

The recommendations were made to the Agriculture and Health departments along with the Human Services department. They will collectively issue guidelines that will be used to create the government’s icon for healthy diets. The current icon is a dinner plate that had replaced the popular food pyramid.

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