Fat Taxes (page 11)

Big Government Doesn’t Mean Smaller Waistlines

Kelly Brownell, Yale’s resident food-policy and obesity blowhard, is once again using the opinion page of the Hartford Courant to score some points in favor of wildly…
Posted July 14, 2010 at 12:00 am

Fat Taxes Are Bad Policy and Bad Business

Remember Barry Popkin? He’s the University of North Carolina professor who originated the theory—which he now fully admits was incorrect—that high fructose corn syrup is a unique…
Posted June 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

Taking the Fizz Out of Soft Drink Taxes

By now you’re probably well versed in why soft drink taxes won’t work. (If not, read this.) It’s a realization that’s making rounds in the political world, as we’ve…
Posted May 12, 2010 at 12:00 am

White House and Obesity: Carrot or Stick?

Today the White House released a comprehensive report about recommended tactics to fight childhood obesity. Some of the report is certainly worthwhile, like its efforts to tackle “food…
Posted May 11, 2010 at 12:00 am

Soda Taxes Take a Hit

It's a bad week to be an anti-soda activist. In New York, a Big Apple physician penned an editorial against the Governor’s proposed soft drink tax, writing that there’s no…
Posted April 27, 2010 at 12:00 am

Taking Twinkie Taxes to the Logical Conclusion

We’ve pointed out before that once the food police successfully tax one kind of food or beverage in the name of “fighting obesity,” taxes and other heavy-handed government regulations…
Posted April 8, 2010 at 12:00 am

Momentum Builds Against Soda Taxes

Kansas legislators found out yesterday that taxing soda is not the easy, controversy-free way to raise revenue they probably thought it would be. Hundreds of soft-drink bottlers, convenience store…
Posted March 18, 2010 at 12:00 am

Taxing “Junk Food” Is Trashy Policy

A study released last week provides America’s obesity police with new ammunition by concluding that raising the price of pizza and soda—through taxes, say—would reduce how much of them we consume (and…
Posted March 16, 2010 at 12:00 am

Soda Taxes Criticized as Ineffective and Unfair

Food activist godfather Kelly Brownell reiterated his call for soda taxes this weekend, claiming that decreasing the cost of healthy food and boosting the price of unhealthy…
Posted March 15, 2010 at 12:00 am

Opposition Builds Against New York Soda Tax Proposal

New York Governor David Paterson’s proposal to slap a penny-per-ounce tax on sodas and other sweetened beverages is running into a buzz saw of bipartisan opposition. On March…
Posted March 9, 2010 at 12:00 am